Storm hits Santa Cruz Mountains hard

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A powerful storm hit the Santa Cruz Mountains caused at least one mudslide on Highway 17 Wednesday. (KGO-TV)

The Santa Cruz Mountains can get hit hard when heavy rain moves through, and that can be tough for commuters and utility crews.

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PG&E set up a temporary camp to respond more quickly to calls for service.

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The base camp in Scotts Valley had more than 100 line workers on standby, ready to respond with a moment's notice.

Officials said they had dozens of calls related to downed trees and power lines in the area.

A mudslide temporarily forced the closure of both southbound lanes of Highway 17.

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