Last year's El Nino waves battered California shore to unprecedented degree

Last winter’s El Niño may have felt weak to residents of Southern California, but it was one of the most powerful weather events of the last 145 years, scientists say.If severe El Niño events become more common in the future, as some studies suggest, the California coast — home to more than 25 million people — may become increasingly vulnerable to coastal hazards, independently of projected sea level rise.

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