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Loma Fire Leaves Santa Cruz Mountains in Fragile Shape for Weekend Storm

A storm hitting the Bay Area has people living in the Santa Cruz Mountains worried about possible erosion after the massive Loma Fire left the landscape in fragile shape.

Homeowner Norman Noble spent the past week focused on cleanup and repair after the 4,500-acre fire destroyed his utility shed, as well as scorched his property. But on Friday, with the rain picking up, he spent time digging up soil to divert water away from the road and his land.

Aside from the water, windy conditions had some worried about trees that have been weakened by the ongoing drought.

"The wind, you've just got to watch out," said Bob Pilgreen from Travis Tree Professionals. "There's going to be a lot of trees falling if the wind comes up. It's going to be crazy."

Cal Fire has set up a weather station on Loma Prieta to monitor conditions and notify residents of any potential mudslides.

The storm is expected to grow stronger this weekend.

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