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San Diegans Get Chance To Learn About Preparing for El Niño

The developing El Niño is on track to become one of the most powerful on record, with water temperatures in the equatorial Pacific Ocean nearly 6 degrees Fahrenheit above average.
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The developing El Niño is on track to become one of the most powerful on record, with water temperatures in the equatorial Pacific Ocean nearly 6 degrees Fahrenheit above average.

Are you prepared for the potential effects of El Niño?

Rep. Susan Davis, D-San Diego, and representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography will hold a public informational event at 7 p.m. on Thursday to discuss the strengthening weather phenomenon.

El Niño Forum

When: 7 p.m. Thursday. Registration, 6:30 p.m.

Where: SDSU's Parma Payne Goodall Alumni Center, 1897 Aztec Walk

Parking: Free parking in student spaces in Parking Structure 5, 5250 55th St. No permit required.

Attendees will learn what to expect from El Niño, how to prepare and what the federal government’s role would be in the event the San Diego region is overwhelmed.

The last time a strong El Niño pounded San Diego County, nearly two decades ago, rainfall averaged 188 percent of normal, triggering floods, mudflows and coastal erosion.

The region is bracing for a potential repeat event this year, though researchers have warned, no two El Niños in the record books have been exactly alike and there is no guarantee of rain.