California assesses damage from storms

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Coastal California is assessing the damage caused by last week's combination of record high tides and successive Pacific storm systems, writes Monitor correspondent Leon Lindsay.

The totals as of Sunday: at least 35 beach front homes destroyed, more than 3 ,500 residences and 530 businesses damaged, 12 storm-related fatalities, and some 2,000 people at least temporarily displaced. Preliminary damage estimates range from $70 million to $100 million. Three or four less severe storms were expected to hit the coast starting Sunday.

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