Storm pummels Northern California

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Forecasters say a massive winter storm pounding Northern California will begin tapering off late Sunday, but another storm is expected in the area by Monday night.

Toppled trees crashed against cars and homes or blocked roads Sunday in the San Francisco Bay area, and officials rescued stranded motorists from cars stuck on flooded roads. A giant tree fell across the southbound lanes of Interstate 230 in Hillsborough, injuring one driver who couldn't brake in time and drove into the tree.

There were mudslides and flooding throughout Northern California that led to road closures Sunday, especially in the North Bay, one of the areas hardest hit and where the Napa River jumped its banks.

Farther north, the U.S. 395 highway was temporarily closed in both directions in Mono County because of flooding.

Authorities were watching rising water levels of several rivers, including the Cosumnes, Truckee, Merced, American and Russian.

At the Santa Cruz Diner in downtown Santa Cruz customers kept the crew relatively busy.

Manager Garin Peck says the restaurant was quiet Saturday night because a lot of people expected the storm to be a lot bigger and stayed home. He says Sunday was a typical day for the diner near the San Lorenzo River.