>> A race against the clock in Southern California. Rescuers expanding their search on Friday for five missing people as the death toll from Tuesday's devastating mudslide rises.>> I am saddened to report today, another victim was located, bringing the total number of fatal casualties from this tragic incident to 18.
>> More than 1,200 emergency workers are on the hunt for survivors and while rescue crews fear their window is closing, they remain optimistic, as second researchers of damaged buildings get underway. While teams picked through the mud on Friday, residents in some parts were forced to evacuate, as officials warned the unstable environment remained a threat.
The deadly slide struck before dawn on Tuesday, sending a fast moving and destructive river of mud cascading down hillsides. One of the worst hit, the affluent community of Montecido, home to celebrities like Oprah Winfrey and Ellen DeGeneres, when mud blew through doors and windows, filling homes with thick sludge and debris, just a month after the area was scorched by the biggest wildfire in the state's history.