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Southern California Storms May Slow Holiday Travel

Torrential rains in San Diego County and throughout Southern California have contributed to hundreds of auto accidents over the last few days. Fortunately, it looks like the rain and storm may start to subside just in time for holiday travel. Forecasts still predict more rain today and tonight, but by later this week, the rain is expected to stop as the storms move on to the east.

Flooding, road closures, and the potential for mudslides may still present risks this weekend as people attempt to travel for the holidays, traditionally one of the busiest times of the year on many roadways.

All of this difficult traveling weather comes as holiday traveling is expected to be up over previous years. According to AAA, holiday travel was expected to increase this year because of what it calls a "modestly improved economic environment". Nationally, AAA is expecting more than 90 million people to travel more than 50 miles between tomorrow and New Years, approximately a 3% increase over last year.

The week of monsoon-like storms may keep many from driving this week, but for those who choose to make the trip anyway, traffic and road conditions may present some significant risks.

If you do choose to travel this weekend, remember to keep a safe distance between yourself and other vehicles and avoid driving through standing water if at all possible. You can see our previous post for some additional tips on safe driving in wet conditions.

Source: CNN.com, AAA expects 3.1% increase in holiday travel, 12/15/10

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