This is an updated version of a story posted earlier Friday afternoon
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Two mountain avalanches killed a skier and left another person missing Friday as California strained under nearly a week of heavy snowfall and extraordinary rain.

The skier was a local ski resort employee who was caught around noon in the first of two avalanches near Wrightwood in the San Gabriel Mountains. He was taken to Desert Valley Hospital where he died about 4:30 p.m., said hospital spokeswoman Jana Retes. His name was not released.

As night fell, searchers were still looking for another person who was missing after a second avalanche about a half-mile from the first, on national forest land.

The avalanches occurred in areas outside the Mountain High ski resort's boundaries.

The victim of the first avalanche was a 23-year-old member of the resort's ski patrol who was skiing with friends while off duty, said Paul Bauer, director of environmental affairs at Mountain High.

Angeles National Forest spokesman Stanton Florea said an avalanche advisory was issued for the ski area at nearby Mount Baldy, a 10,000-foot peak about 40 miles east of Los Angeles, and the lifts were closed.

The avalanches followed days of stormy weather throughout California. Utility crews repaired electrical outages while highway crews worked to keep mountain routes open.

Southern California Edison spokesman Gil Alexander said 4,190 customers in 15 counties were without power, including 2,800 in San Bernardino Mountains communities. About 6,700 Los Angeles Department of Water and Power had outages.

A 40-mile stretch of Interstate 5 over Tejon Pass north of Los Angeles reopened after a two-day closure that stranded hundreds of drivers on the major artery. Highway Patrol officers escorted cars over the summit.

"If it becomes snowy or icy, they'll close down the freeway at once," Officer Miguel Leuvano warned.

A Metrolink train on a morning commute from Ventura County to Los Angeles through a narrow, rocky gorge hit a slide of mud and rocks on the tracks. The stranded train had to be pulled by another train to the next station and four other trains had to be halted, delaying 2,000 passengers for 2 1/2 hours, said Metrolink spokeswoman Denise Tyrrell.

Nobody was hurt but there was "a lot of bouncing, banging, scared looks around the train," one unidentified passenger told KNBC-TV.

In the Woodland Hills area of Los Angeles, mud washed down a naked hillside below a construction site and flowed into two homes.

"We have a flooded kitchen, flooded laundry room, driveway had a foot of water in it," a resident told KCAL-TV.

Elsewhere, slopes denuded by the fall wildfires were holding up, but flash-flood watches remained in effect.

Stuart Seto of the National Weather Service warned that slides were possible at any time because the ground was saturated.

"The thresholds for debris flow are exceeding the critical level," the weather specialist said. "Everything's already full of water."

In Los Angeles, two cars were submerged almost to the door handles on a flooded street in Hancock Park.

One resident and his daughter hauled out an inflatable yellow boat and paddled around.
The latest storm moved in Thursday night and dumped 1 inch to 3 inches of rain in the Los Angeles area.

Southern California rainfall totals from Monday afternoon through 4 p.m. Friday included 9.43 inches at Opids Camp in the San Gabriel Mountains above Pasadena and 8.15 inches at Gibraltar Dam in Santa Barbara County.

Downtown Los Angeles got 3.43 inches during the week, more than fell in the entire previous rain season.

Steady rain soaked much of Northern California as well.

Rain caused delays of up to 2 hours Friday morning at San Francisco International Airport, and officials expected such delays to continue throughout the day.

"We're on a ground-delay program from 9 a.m. to midnight," said airport duty manager Linda Perry. "It is raining very hard, so we are seeing delays for the arrivals and subsequent departures."

The week's storms generated more rain in some Southern California areas than during the entire rainy season last year.

In Arcadia, Santa Anita Park canceled Friday's horse races because of wet conditions on a synthetic track that has had drainage problems since its installation. It was the fifth cancellation this month. The track received 3 1/2 inches of rain over the previous two days.

Off the coast of Corona Del Mar, Orange County harbor patrol deputies rescued a cat from a moored 42-foot boat just before it went down in heavy seas, said sheriff's spokesman Jim Amormino.

In Los Padres National Forest, Highway 33 remained closed Friday between Wheeler Springs and the Santa Barbara County line due to heavy snow, said Matt Winter, an officer with the California Highway Patrol in Ventura.

A flooded creek bed closed Highway 269 from Hanford in Kings County to the Huron area of Fresno County, said CHP Officer John Maxfield in Sacramento.

A new storm system was expected to arrive Saturday night and dump several more inches of rain through Sunday.