El Niño—"the little one," in Spanish—sounds innocent enough, but coastal California homeowners are making big preparations for powerful winter storms made more likely by the weather phenomenon of the same name.
Residents are taking warnings about this year's El Niño—one of the strongest on record—so seriously that service providers responsible for battening down the hatches on homes and businesses say they are being inundated with calls.
"I've been in business for 30 years and I've never had proactive roof repair calls before," said John Kurz, owner of Kurz Roofing in Palo Alto, California. "People are picking up on the warnings."
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