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California struck by wild weather.

Summary: Hundreds of homes have been evacuated in California as heavy rain and snow has hit the US state.

Hundreds of homes have been evacuated in California as heavy rain and snow hits the US state.

A third powerful Pacific storm unleashed the dismal weather closing a major road. Fierce winds howled along the coast and in the wildfire-scarred mountains. A tornado toppled trees, killing two people.

Soil is already saturated from two days of heavy rain that has caused flooding in coastal cities.

Despite stern pleas from authorities and door-to-door calls by police officers and sheriff's deputies, some residents refused to comply with evacuation orders.

They remained in their homes below the steep San Gabriel Mountains.

Los Angeles County police asked them to fill out forms stating they'd been advised of the danger. They also were warned it might not be possible to rescue them.

Steady rain was expected to continue into the evening, followed by another wave of rain on Thursday into Friday.

The storms were testing months of preparations in a string of burn-area neighbourhoods from northeastern Los Angeles through La Crescenta, Glendale, La Canada Flintridge and Altadena.

County and city officials decided on Tuesday to order the evacuation of hundreds of homes because flood-control debris basins protecting some areas were already full or had little room left.

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