How Do Storms Affect Coastlines?
ES1608  El Niño and Coastal Change

The West Coast of North America is subject to intense winter storms during El Niño climate events. Storms associated with El Niño significantly change the character of coasts. Storms also pose threats to homes, roads, and other structures that are relatively safe during normal conditions.

Coastal erosion at Monterey Bay, California following El Niño-related storms in April 1998.
Lakeport, CA experienced flooding following El Niño-related winter storms in 1998.
Extreme beach erosion occurred in Pacifica, California from a series of severe storms associated with El Niño in February 1998.
This landslide occurred north of San Francisco, California after the hills were saturated by El Niño-related rains in April 1998.

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