California weathers El Nino, but wild weather not over

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LOS ANGELES (AP) - The worst storm in a series of storms has come and gone without serious consequences for California, but the El Nino-driven weather was still causing problems around the state.

That includes dropping temperatures, rising waves and pernicious winds predicted for Thursday.

Mountain areas were warned that blizzard conditions with wind gusts reaching 60 mph were possible above 4,000 feet, including the heavily traveled Grapevine section of Interstate 5.

Damaging surf of 10 to 15 feet was possible in Southern California and waves a whopping 15 to 25 feet could hit the Central Coast through Thursday night, the National Weather Service said.

In San Diego County, winds were serious enough to bring a brief tornado warning Wednesday.