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Friday, October 16, 2015

You Better Buy a Good Umbrella Because El Niño is Coming in Two Weeks

Posted By on Fri, Oct 16, 2015 at 3:45 PM

click to enlarge It's not gonna be this bad. Or is it? - CHIARALILY/FLICKR
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  • It's not gonna be this bad. Or is it?

El Niño is coming whether you’re ready or not — and judging by our cover story this week, San Francisco definitely isn’t ready.

As the Business Times reports, the first storms of the season could hit as early as two weeks from now. And while nobody knows for sure just how bad the weather will get, climate scientists have said El Niño is now "too big to fail," which sounds ominous.

NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are already warning state regulators about torrential flooding and mudslides. This week, L.A. and Southern California were ravaged by both, with parts of State Route 58 and I-5 shut down. The Washington Post says that’s just a “small taste of what’s to come.”

Remember last year's #Hellastorm

In the Bay Area, you can probably expect heavy rain — which also means BART delays or station closures, flooded houses, and potential blackouts, although, per the Biz Times, PG&E is “ready to respond to winter storms.”

But is anyone ready for venomous sea snakes? (Yeah, I know, they don't usually wash up this far north, but neither do great white sharks.)


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