Meteorologists see signs that the super El Niño is weakening ever so slightly, but they caution months will pass before people in the Americas will feel it.
"This has never been done with a major El Nino," said senior NOAA scientist.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency reports a large increase in the number of flood insurance policies purchased in California in response to a rainy El Nino winter.
Summer-like temperatures will send crowds to the beaches this weekend, but dangerous swimming conditions will be present.
Gusty Santa Ana winds in Southern California have created higher pollen and dust levels, causing a flare-up of allergic reactions.
Santa Ana winds blow through Southern California
Clearing storm channels is an even bigger challenge now that the ground is saturated from prior rains.
Downtown, Coronado, Del Mar and Mission Beach residents experienced gusts around 40 mph.
Heavy rain, strong winds and expected thunderstorms are moving through San Diego Sunday as part of a highly anticipated El Nino-fueled storm system
NBC 7's Vanessa Herrera says a chance of heavy rains is forecast for Sunday morning. Watch her extended forecast.
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