California braces for series of El Nino storms

January 4, 2016
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California braces for series of El Nino storms


SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — After all the talk, El Niño storms have finally lined up over the Pacific and started soaking drought-parched California with rain expected to last for most of the next two weeks, forecasters said Monday.

As much as 15 inches of rain could fall in the next 16 days in Northern California, with about 2 feet of fresh snow expected in the highest points of the Sierra Nevada, said Johnny Powell, a forecaster with the National Weather Service.

To the south, persistent wet conditions could put some Los Angeles County communities at risk of flash-flooding along with mud and debris flows, especially in wildfire burn areas.

Residents near those areas were urged to monitor weather reports and consider stockpiling sand bags.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti warned residents to prepare by clearing gutters and anything in their yard that might clog storm drains; putting together an emergency kit; and stockpiling sandbags if their home is susceptible to flooding.

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