DUARTE (CBSLA.com/AP) — The city of Duarte has issued mandatory evacuation orders for some homes ahead of Friday’s storm that is expected to dump at least two inches of rain in the foothill community.
In the order, about 180 homes near the Fish Fire burn area were ordered to be evacuated by 7 a.m. Friday.
Classes were also canceled for Friday at Valley View School.
An evacuation center will be established at the city’s Community Center, at 1600 Huntington Drive.
Volunteers went door-to-door in the affected neighborhood Thursday afternoon, alerting residents that they may voluntarily evacuate beginning Thursday evening.
“The storm looks to be the strongest storm to hit southwest California this season,” the National Weather Service office for the Los Angeles region wrote Thursday. “It is likely the strongest within the last six years and possibly even as far back as December 2004 or January 1995.”
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