El Niño Causes Massive Flooding, Snow in Western U.S.

The tail-end of a series of several El Nino-driven storms brought heavy rainfall and flooding to the Western United States along with pounding surf and serious winds.

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A sign warning of flooded road is posted along the Pacific Coat Highway in Malibu, Calif. after a heavy rain on Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016. Californians were warned against abandoning conservation efforts Tuesday as several weeks of storms spawned by El Nino began hitting the West Coast. Heavy rain and snow are welcome after four years of drought in California, despite their potential for causing flash floods and mudslides. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
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Bo Sailor of Goleta watches as high surf crashes into the wall and spills onto Channel Drive in Montecito, California on Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016. The ocean-water-quality advisory issued Thursday came as the latest storms moved east after pummeling the region with heavy rainfall. Bacteria levels can increase significantly during and after rainstorms as contaminants in the runoff enter the ocean via storm drains, creeks and rivers.
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This photo provided by CalFire San Luis Obispo shows a mobile home that was overturned by strong winds in Paso Robles, Calif., Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016. The winds are associated the first of a series of El Nino storms that are lined up across the Pacific, dumping heavy rain and snow throughout California.
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Chris Lene sweeps water out of one of the businesses in the building he owns that was flooded by rain water Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016, in Sacramento, Calif. El Nino-related storms lined up in the Pacific promise to drench parts of the West for more than two weeks and increase fears of mudslides and flash floods in regions stripped bare by wildfires.
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A mud flow skirts a house protected with sandbags in Monrovia, Calif., Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016. A wildfire two years ago stripped away vegetation and loosened soil. The current El Nino system, a natural warming of the central and eastern Pacific Ocean that interacts with the atmosphere and changes weather worldwide, has tied a system in 1997-1998 as the strongest on record.
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Ken Berhmann stands on his porch as storm flooding and mudslides flow through his property in Monrovia, Calif., Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016.
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Lisa Derderian, public information officer of the Pasadena Fire Department, speaks to a neighbor affected from the collapse of his neighbor's property retaining wall, after mud and debris flow broke through a retaining wall in Pasadena, Calif., on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016. The current El Nino system, a natural warming of the central and eastern Pacific Ocean that interacts with the atmosphere and changes weather worldwide, has tied a system in 1997-1998 as the strongest on record.
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A sign warning of flooded road is posted along the Pacific Coat Highway in Malibu, Calif. after a heavy rain on Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016. Californians were warned against abandoning conservation efforts Tuesday as several weeks of storms spawned by El Nino began hitting the West Coast. Heavy rain and snow are welcome after four years of drought in California, despite their potential for causing flash floods and mudslides.
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This photo provided by the National Park Service shows a rockslide that closed Highway 140, one of the access routes to Yosemite National Park, Calif., Thursday morning, Jan. 7, 2016. The rockfall occurred at 5:45 a.m. below the Arch Rock Entrance Station in the area of the October, 2014 Dog Rock Fire, according to a statement released by the park. No injuries were reported.
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Water covers a closed Las Posas Road near Camarillo, Calif., after heavy rain from the first in a series of El Nino-related storms passed over the area on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016.
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Office workers arrive to work in the pouring rain in downtown Los Angeles on Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016.
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A man rests under the Manhattan Beach pier while the California coast is hit by a storm in Manhattan Beach, Calif. on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016. Storms lined up in the Pacific, promising to drench parts of the West for more than two weeks and increasing fears of mudslides and flash floods in regions stripped bare by wildfires.
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A worker gathers pieces from a fallen black acacia tree at Lafayette Park in San Francisco, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016. The latest El Nino-related storm hit at the height of the San Francisco commute, causing car crashes, toppling trees and flooding streets and streams around most of the region. The California Highway Patrol estimated there were nearly two dozen weather-related crashes on Wednesday during the morning drive.
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In this photo provided by the California Highway Patrol, fire rescue and California Highway Patrol members carry away a man whose truck slid off Interstate 80 near the Nevada-California line and plunged several feet below into the Truckee River Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016, near Truckee, Calif. The man was hospitalized and his condition was not immediately known. The latest storm to hit the Sierra dropped a foot of snow on ski resorts around Lake Tahoe on Wednesday, with a couple of inches in the valleys and freezing fog that caused dozens of crashes on slippery roads from Reno to Fallon about 60 miles east.
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Isaac Reed, left, and Laura Reed, both of Phoenix, put the finishing touches on a snowman during a visit to Flagstaff, Ariz., Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016. A series of El Nino-related storms dumped heavy snow on the region.
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Flagstaff resident Anthony Martinez pushes a motorist out of the snow in Flagstaff, Ariz., Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016. A series of El Nino-related storms dumped heavy snow on the region.
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In this photo provided by Northstar California Resort, an employee stands as snow falls at Northstar California Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016, in Truckee, Calif. Californians were warned against abandoning conservation efforts Tuesday as several weeks of storms spawned by El Nino began hitting the West Coast. Heavy rain and snow are welcome after four years of drought in California, despite their potential for causing flash floods and mudslides.
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Mike Thawley fills a sandbag Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016, in San Anselmo, Calif. El Nino-related storms lined up in the Pacific, promising to drench parts of the West for more than two weeks and increasing fears of mudslides and flash floods in regions stripped bare by wildfires.
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Mud and debris flow down hillsides burned in a recent brush fire after heavy rain from a series of storms that passed over the area above Solimar Beach in Ventura, Calif., Wednesday Jan. 6, 2016.
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