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LA rain: Tuesday downpours to follow Sunday's light showers

On Tuesday, Los Angeles is expected to experience one of the biggest storms this year.
On Tuesday, Los Angeles is expected to experience one of the biggest storms this year.
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Umbrellas out! What may be one of the strongest storms of the year is rolling into Southern California. 

A weak storm system swept into the area Sunday, bringing light showers to areas around Los Angeles. Another storm is expected to bring heavier rain come Tuesday.

On Sunday, light showers were enough to cause several crashes, and send mud, rocks and debris across the Pacific Coast Highway, forcing its closure and leaving commuters stranded near Point Mugu State Park. NBC4 reports:  

Ventura County firefighters say at least two cars had punctured gas tanks as rocks fell — or as vehicles drove over fallen rocks — on PCH west of Malibu. The drivers walked out of the danger area unassisted, said Mike Lindbery, a spokesman for the Ventura County Fire Department.

The rain is expected to take a break Monday, and then return later this week.

"On Monday we'll get a break in between storms," said NWS meteorologist David Sweet. "Then by Tuesday a stronger storm is expected."

Heavy rain is expected to drop one to two inches along the coast and in the valleys Tuesday, and two to four inches in the foothills and mountains. That could create flooding in areas affected by recent wildfires such as the Colby Fire.  

"It's a good sized storm," Sweet said. "There is a threat of some mud and debris flows near the recent burn areas like out near Glendora."

It's expected to be one of the biggest storms of the year, and there's also a 50 percent chance it will be followed by rain on Wednesday.

Another storm may be on the horizon for Friday, but the NWS says they don't have much information on that system yet. 

This story has been updated.