Spring storm is Bay Area bound

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Drought-stricken California is set to get some relief from an approaching storm that forecasters say will be unusually strong for this time of year for parts of the state.

The system is expected to touch down in San Francisco early Thursday morning and could dump a quarter inch of rain on parts of the region before it winds down in the late afternoon. It will then sweep through Southern California, where it will pack a bigger punch.

The National Weather Service says up to a half-inch of rain could fall in and around downtown Los Angeles.

Flooding and debris flows are possible if thunderstorms form over foothill areas stripped bare by recent wildfires.

National Weather Service meteorologist Ryan Kittell says a mid-May storm packing so much moisture in Southern California is rare.

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