Weather System Harshes Mellow of So Cal

(AP) A Pacific storm has pounded parts of Southern California with heavy rain, street flooding and a possible tornado, adding to hassles as holiday travel gets underway. Downpours early Thursday targeted coastal Ventura County, just to the northwest of Los Angeles County, swamping areas in the cities of Oxnard and Port Hueneme. The National Weather Service says rainfall rates exceeded 3 inches an hour. Port Hueneme officials issued evacuation orders for residences on four streets, and an evacuation center was set up at a college gymnasium. An early morning tornado warning was issued for the area but Ventura County authorities say no tornado activity was immediately observed.