LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The National Weather Service has canceled its flash flood advisory for Los Angeles County as the rains that drenched the region overnight began easing up.

The cancellation came shortly before dawn Wednesday, partly easing fears of mud- and debris-flows feared in foothill areas near the Station Fire burn area.

Those flows failed to materialize, but the morning commute remains a mess, with jackknifed big-rigs and spun-out vehicles littering freeways and travel lanes impassable because of hubcap-deep pools caused by overwhelmed storm drains.

The California Highway Patrol says there have been 186 traffic crashes in Los Angeles County during the six-hour period ending at 6 a.m. There were 19 crashes during the same period a week ago, a dry day.

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