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: http://t.co/9u2U08NyWP https://t.co/7DwmrQU9rd pic.twitter.com/TnlqWBg6jE— 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 pic.twitter.com/ek9onQUhuH— 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