LOS ANGELES (CBS) — After nearly a week straight of heavy rain, Christmas shoppers are back at the malls with just two days to go till deadline.

Malls are bracing for a surge of last-minute shoppers, especially in Southern California, where residents were cooped up for days as storms pounded the region. Thursday is expected to be the second-biggest shopping day of the holiday season, after Black Friday.

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SoCal Shoppers Eager To Get Back In Dry Malls: KNX 1070’s Ed Mertz reports.

At the Grove, shoppers, couples and families were happy to get a chance to see Santa, make some purchases and get fresh air Wednesday night.

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Consumer Reports says Americans will spend an average of 15 hours on holiday shopping before the end of the season.

One recent survey found about a quarter of all consumers left at least some of their holiday shopping for the last week before Christmas.

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