El Nino storms lash U.S. west coast

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - WORLD - THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

An­other pow­er­ful El Nin­odriven storm lashed coastal ar­eas of Cal­i­for­nia on Thurs­day, stir­ring waves that flooded some low-ly­ing streets and crept to­ward ocean-front homes in Mal­ibu.

The storm cre­ated waves that fore­cast­ers said could reach 16 feet while send­ing scat­tered thun­der­show­ers across in­land ar­eas.

It came a day af­ter

the week’s strong­est storm drenched the state and much of the South­west, stop­ping ca­ble cars in San Francisco, flood­ing road­ways and strand­ing mo­torists across Los An­ge­les, and dump­ing heavy snow in north­ern Ari­zona. The re­gion was ex­pected to be­gin dry­ing out on Fri­day be­fore an­other round of light rain moved into Cal­i­for­nia over the week­end.

More El Nino storms are forecast over the next sev­eral months.

AP PHOTO

In a photo pro­vided by Mike Eliason, Bo Sailor of Go­leta, Calif., watches as high surf crashes into the wall and spills onto Chan­nel Drive in Mon­tecito, Calif. on Thurs­day.

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