150,000 homes without power, gusts up to 115mph as El Nino storm hits US southwest

By on February 1, 2016

Over 150,000 US households were left without electricity as gusts of an El Nino-driven storm downed trees and power poles is Southern California. Gusts of wind up to 115mph were recorded, with locals taking to social media to share the aftermath.

The storm, accompanied by heavy rain, hit the west coast, causing massive outages and flooding on Sunday night.

In addition to fierce gusts of wind, California is facing heavy downpours, low-elevation snow and thunderstorms, with counties Los Angeles and San Diego hit hardest.

A fallen tree measuring 8 feet in diameter killed a driver in the Pacific Beach area and crushed three empty parked cars.

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