Mayor Garcetti urges Angelenos to prepare for El Nino

LA Mayor Eric Garcetti holds a news conference on Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016, to warn the public of El Nino-related storms expected to hit SoCal.

Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti urged all Angelenos during a brief news conference Sunday to do their part to prepare for strong upcoming storms.

"This storm is real and its coming. So, this week, there are things that you can do right away from clearing out your storm drains to making sure if you live in hillside areas, you come to your neighborhood fire station where you can get sandbags," he said.

MORE: Series of strong storms expected to sweep across Southern California.

Garcetti said the city has spent months clearing out thousands of storm drains and will also activate its emergency operation centers to track the storms.

MORE: Latest in SoCal weather forecast.

Over 1500 beds will be available for those that are homeless and those who may lose their homes in the storms, according to the mayor. In addition, the amount of outreach workers has tripled to also help those in need during the downpour.

The first in at least four storms is expected to start as early as Sunday night, according to the National Weather Service.

It should bring about three-quarters of an inch of rain and as much as 4 inches of snow at elevations above 6,000 feet.

One of the larger storms should strike on Tuesday, bringing as much as 2 inches of rain to the coasts and valleys and 4 inches to the foothill and mountain communities.

For more help, including emergency notifications sent to your phone, residents were encouraged to visit elninola.com.
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