Traffic has been snarled across the area as a big storm hits in what is predicted to be a strong El Nino event in Southern California Jan.5, 2016.
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January 6, 2016 2:41 AM EST

Back-to-back storms in the Pacific are threatening to douse parts of the West for more than two weeks, thanks to an El Niño weather system that is tied with the strongest ever on record.

Storms drenched California Tuesday, with 1.42 inches of rain recorded at Los Angeles International Airport, breaking a daily record set in 1979, National Weather Service. Santa Monica got nearly 1.5 inches of rain and Malibu got 1.76 inches over the last 24 hours as of 4 p.m. local time (7 p.m. ET), the NWS said.

Two more storms are forecast for Wednesday and Thursday, and could…

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