2 skiers dead, 2 missing in California avalanche

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Two skiers are dead following two separate avalanches in California as the state braces for another bout of storms.

Rescuers say will continue their hunt for two other missing skiers, after three avalanches roared down slopes in the San Gabriel Mountains outside Los Angeles yesterday.

The National Weather Service says up to 8 inches of rain will pound the hills outside L.A. starting tonight and ski resorts could get up to 3 feet of powder.

Residents of four Orange County canyons that were charred by wildfires are being urged to follow a voluntary evacuation order that starts later today. The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for the county starting at midnight.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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