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Unusually strong July rains offer a preview of a robust El Niño

Unusually strong July rains offer a preview of a robust El Niño

A washed-out bridge on Interstate 10 that cut off a vital shipping route with Arizona, mudslides in Moreno Valley and snarled Southern California freeway traffic from heavy weekend rain is only a preview of problems that could come with a strong El Niño this winter, forecasters say. The weekend storm that washed over the region Saturday and Sunday was not only remarkable for its timing -- July rain storms are rare events in Southern California -- but for its strength, the National Weather Service said. More than a dozen local rainfall records were broken over the weekend, the weather service reported, and more rain was forecast for Monday. SIGN UP for the free Essential...

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