Third storm in less than week drenches NorCal

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Residents of Northern California endured the brunt of another powerful storm that drenched the area with yet another round of pounding rain and strong winds. But officials say damage from the storm was less than expected.

The latest storm system dropped as much as an inch of rain per hour in some areas, toppling trees and knocking out electrical service to tens of thousands of people. It moved across the region late Saturday and early Sunday, and was the third storm system to hit the area in less than a week.

Rivers across Northern California swelled from the deluge, but they didn't flood as extensively as expected.

By Sunday afternoon, forecasters had canceled flood warnings for the Russian and Truckee rivers.

In the Napa area, most of the anticipated flooding was expected to hit an agricultural area outside the city Sunday evening.

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