The Orange County (Calif.) Register staffer Marilyn Kalfus digs into how the anticipated El Niño could be a big deal for homeowners and real estate investors.

With the strongest El Niño on record predicted by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, all types of property owners hope to get ahead of the storms. Roofers say the sudden rush to make repairs, some postponed for years, have created monthslong backups. Flood insurance policies are on the rise.

The concern extends beyond the coast and canyons. A real estate agent in Lake Forest, a Neighborhood Watch captain, is circulating tip sheets on how to prepare for the worst.

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