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Mudflows shut down PCH in Malibu and Highway 101 in Montecito as new storm lashes Southern California

LOS ANGELES - A powerful winter storm pounded Southern California on Saturday, triggering mudflows that shut down Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu and Highway 101 in Santa Barbara County and left residents throughout the region bracing for flash flooding in areas made vulnerable by last year's furious wildfires.

Pacific Coast Highway was closed in both directions near Yerba Buena Road late Saturday morning because of a mudslide that covered a portion of the northbound lanes, officials said. No homes were affected and road crews were busy clearing the mud.

The storm, the second in a series forecast to strike the

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