As roads in California are covered with floods from El Nino, one luxury car driver decided to take the waters head on when he nearly drowned his Lamborghini this week.
A video uploaded to Facebook on Wednesday shows the Lamborghini – estimated to be valued around $200,000 – attempt to drive through a flooded road in San Diego.
The low-slung vehicle hesitantly approaches the large puddle, seeing other vehicles struggling through it.
The Lamborghini is first spotted at the top left of the video, hesitantly approaching the flooded water ahead
The driver then makes a move for it, driving right into the massive puddle. The car’s windshield and hood are taken over by water
The car then emerges from the water as it waits at a stoplight, deciding what the next move is
Soon the vehicle accelerates and is again taken over by the massive flood on the San Diego road
But then the driver decides to go for it and drives through the puddle, which results in the luxury car nearly being fully submerged in water, as water covers the hood and moves up on to the windshield.
The car pushes through, accelerating periodically, and makes its way through the deep water.
Suddenly, it appears on the other side, pulls on to drier land and drives onward in the treacherous conditions.
The flooding, caused by this year’s strong El Nino, has wreaked havoc around the California, closed several major highways and prompted evacuations.
The video uploaded to Facebook soon went viral and has more than 1,103,000 views.
The car pushes through the huge puddle, accelerating periodically and making its way through the deep water
Finally, the estimated $200,000 car makes it way out of the puddle as other cars follow behind it
Soon the vehicle reaches the end of the flooded area and the driver accelerates on to drier land
After Tuesday and Wednesday’s flooding, El Nino-driven storm lashed coastal areas of California on Thursday, stirring waves that flooded some low-lying streets and crept toward ocean-front homes in Malibu.
The storm created waves that forecasters said could reach 16 feet while sending scattered thundershowers across inland areas.
It came a day after the week’s strongest storm drenched the state and much of the Southwest, stopping cable cars in San Francisco, flooding roadways and stranding motorists across Los Angeles, and dumping heavy snow in northern Arizona.
The region was expected to begin drying out on Friday before another round of light rain moved into California over the weekend. More El Nino storms are forecast over the next several months.
Bo Sailor of Goleta, Caifornia watches as high surf crashes into the wall and spills onto Channel Drive in Montecito, California on Thursday
A man stands near crashing waves on the Pacifica Pier in Pacifica, California, on Thursday as El Nino storms lined up in the Pacific
A surfer takes advantage of the high surf on Thursday at the entrance of Santa Barbara harbor as a wave slams into the protective harbor breakwater in Ventura County, California
A pedestrian pier closed by authorities due to high surf from an El Nino-strengthened storm is pictured in Ocean Beach, California, on Thursday
High surf batters the break wall at Cabrillo Beach in San Pedro, California, on Thursday morning
A couple take photos of waves churned by a winter storm at Fort Point on Wednesday in San Francisco Bay
Well over two inches of rain fell Wednesday on some mountain areas, including 3.5 inches in Angeles National Forest in Southern California.
The storm dropped a foot of snow on ski resorts in San Bernardino County and around Lake Tahoe while causing dozens of crashes on slippery Nevada roads from Reno to Fallon.
To the south, the National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for much of northern Arizona through midday Friday.
Flagstaff had 19 inches of snow on the ground; Grand Canyon National Park halted all shuttle bus service due to icy roads; and the Arizona desert saw its fourth straight day of rain.
Forecasters predicted significantly less rain for the rest of the week but warned that flash floods were still possible before skies finally cleared.
Karen Hubbard, left, and friend Marilyn Glattly battle with the heavy wind and rain in Ocean Beach, California, on Thursday
Karen Hubbard looks out at the ocean after loosing a battle with the heavy wind and rain on Thursday in Ocean Beach
Vehicles drive on the flooded 5 freeway after an El Nino-strengthened storm brought rain to Los Angeles on Wednesday
Trucks drive on the flooded 5 freeway on Wednesday as El Nino promises to drench parts of the West for more than two weeks, increasing fears of mudslides and flash floods in regions stripped bare by wildfires
Octavio Angulo jumps as Mike Patel, left, looks on as the two abandon their vehicle after a flooded road stalled their vehicles engine in San Diego
Some of the remaining flooded cars from the rains remain in one of the lower level parking lots at the Fashion Valley Mall in San Diego
This photo provided by CalFire San Luis Obispo shows a mobile home that was overturned by strong winds in Paso Robles on Wednesday
In California, high surf warnings remained in effect for Los Angeles, Orange, Ventura and San Diego counties.
A mobile home park was evacuated Thursday in the Newhall area of Southern California, but voluntary evacuation advisories were canceled in some other areas where wildfires had stripped hillsides of vegetation and created mudslide dangers.
Despite the problems, the wet weather in California was welcome news for the state suffering from a severe drought.
Officials, however, warned residents against abandoning conservation efforts and reverting to wasteful water-use habits.
The current El Nino system – a natural warming of the central and eastern Pacific Ocean that interacts with the atmosphere and changes weather worldwide – has tied a system in 1997-1998 as the strongest on record.
Meanwhile in Flagstaff, Arizona, residents are facing loads of snow due to El Nino-fueled storms this week
Pearl Garner, left, watches as Marilyn Anderson, right, shovels snow from the sidewalk outside their homes in Flagstaff, Arizona on Wednesday
And in Arnold, Missouri, houses are surrounded by floodwater. Federal weather officials said December’s wild El Nino pushed 2015 in the United States to near-record levels for heat, moisture and downright extreme conditions, federal weather officials said