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The Wrath of El Niño


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El Nino has changed the landscape of Los Angeles from sun kissed metropolis to a city reminiscent of the Pacific Northwest. With more than 2 billion gallons of water contained within the city, hopes of the drought-ending storm being successful are high. This landscape, that is seldom blessed with showers this intense, faces many challenges. From interrupted commutes, roadside flooding, 10ft swells, and sporadic mudslides; it's safe to say the city and it's inhabitants have their work cut out of for them if they hope to weather the storm. All Photos by Alex Thompson.