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Luke Whelan is a freelance writer currently based in Beijing. Follow him on Twitter @WangWeilun.

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This story was originally published by Mother Jones and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration

Mudslides stranded hundreds of motorists on southern California’s main north-south highway Thursday evening after severe thunderstorms rocked the area. Cleanup crews worked through the night to plow and scoop up the mud, but meteorologists say that thanks to California’s historic drought, widespread wildfires, and a potentially historic El Niño, this disaster could be just a taste of what’s to come this winter.

Incredible #I5Mudslide videos, photos of cars, trucks stuck in mud:

— Desair (Brown) Shaw (@desairbrown) October 16, 2015

#I5Mudslide Avoid Tejon Pass/Grapevine. Mud & debris blocking NB/SB. Caltrans towing, clearing NB lane for emerg veh

— Caltrans District 7 (@CaltransDist7) October 16, 2015

The rain was part of a slow-moving storm system that passed through the Los Angeles area Thursday afternoon and battered the mountains to the north of the city in Kern C... Read more

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