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Rain and strong winds hit SoCal as high tides roll in

In this file photo, raindrops are seen on a vehicle's windshield as a car makes its way down a tree-lined street in Alhambra.
In this file photo, raindrops are seen on a vehicle's windshield as a car makes its way down a tree-lined street in Alhambra.
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Hold on tight to your umbrellas: As the king tides roll in this week, rain and strong winds are hitting parts of Los Angeles and Ventura counties Tuesday.

The National Weather Service said much of the area can expect gusts up to 35 mph, with winds in mountain areas blowing as strong as 55 mph. Temperatures will hover around 60 to 65 degrees, according to the agency.

The wet weather has brought small pockets of flooding on freeways throughout the Southland.

“Intermittently, there's flooding here and there on any given freeway,” said California Highway Patrol Officer Michelle Bond. “It’s just good for drivers to be hyper-diligent on their speeds and to be courteous and drive defensively.” (More driving tips from AAA here.)

The weather service said showers are expected throughout the day Tuesday and that rain should move out by Wednesday, with another chance of sprinkles on Christmas Eve Thursday.

The king tides, which start Tuesday, have prompted a coastal flood advisory at Southern California beaches through Christmas morning. NWS said the surf will be three to six feet with local sets to seven feet. Local lifeguards at Newport Beach said that so far, the tides haven't caused any damage.

"People should obviously stay away from the shoreline," said Captain Michael Ure. "It's a high tide. It's not anything super out of the ordinary but sometimes when you get that combination of the wind blowing at the same direction, we can get a storm surge where the wind adds to the tide coming in and we get a little bit of flooding."