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Heavy Rain, Fierce Winds Batter Parts of California

One of the strongest West Coast storms in years hit northern and central California on Thursday, drenching the region with as much as 13 centimeters (5 inches) of rain, accompanied by wind gusts of 230 kilometers (140 miles) an hour. The storm closed San Francisco Bay-area schools, flooded highways and knocked out power to nearly 227,000 customers. A downtown subway station serving San Francisco's financial district was closed through the morning commuter rush because of a power...

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