El Niño Finally Hits California, But Worst Is Yet To Come
Los Angeles was drenched on Tuesday by a the first major storm of the year, which caused moderate flooding and damaged some roads. Rain is expected to continue throughout the week, and a slew of storms are set to follow, worrying officials.
The Los Angeles Times reports that at least four storms are lined up back-to-back across the Pacific, stretching from Asia to the California coast, and all are expected to bring deluges to the drought-stricken metropolis.
Climatologist Bill Patzert told the newspaper this “relentless” onslaught could be bad news as water begins to penetrate topsoil hardened by a half-decade of drought. Mudslides and flash flooding, reminiscent of the strongest on record 1997-1998 El Niño, come next.
Areas primed for mudslides and flooding include those damaged by California’s years-long onslaught of wildfires, which now lack vegetation that usually keeps soil in place.
Take a look at some of the short-term impacts of El Niño throughout Los Angeles below.
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