Tropical Storm Hilary brings heavy rain and flooding to Southern California

The last time a storm of this magnitude struck Southern California was in1939.Most of Southern California is affected by the first tropical storm warning as the region is most prone to natural disasters such as wildfires and earthquakes. .Forecasters say the last time a storm of this magnitude hit southern California was in 1939. California Gov. Gavin Newsom declared states of emergency in several counties Saturday night,

Motorists abandon their vehicles on a flooded road as Tropical Storm Hilary battered torrential rain on Sunday in Palm Springs, California.

The center of Tropical Storm Hilary made landfall in southern California Sunday afternoon, bringing strong winds and possible precipitation to areas that had not seen a tropical storm in more than 80 years.

Sunday local time, the storm spread 25 miles southwest of Palm Springs and was moving at a speed of 23 miles per hour with maximum sustained winds of 50 miles per hour. According to the National Weather Service, it is expected to cross southern California and move north through Nevada by Monday morning.

Some streets in Southern California have been flooded and rescue operations are underway, LAist reported. Parts of Los Angeles County experienced a total of more than 10 inches of rainfall over two days beginning Sunday afternoon.

County, where Las Vegas is located, declaredastateof emergency on Sundayinanticipationofararetropicalstorm. Meanwhile, parts of Southern California have been under a state of emergency since Saturday night.

of southern California and southern Nevada are expected to average 3 to 6 inches of rainfall, but could seeaslittleas10inchesofprecipitation.Meteorologistspredictthatinafewhours,some areas are likely to experience more rain than usualfortheyear.Thewindis also particularly strong and gusty on the hills. Hilary, downgraded by a hurricane on Sunday, made landfall in Mexico’s northern Baja California peninsula early Sunday. At least one person drowned in a storm in the Mexican city of Santa Rosalia.

Hurricanemonitoring has endedinMexico, but flashfloodingthreatsremainalong the coastof Baja California.Heavyrainisexpectedovernight.Rain is expected to continue in Southern California through Monday morning. Areas mostatriskofflashfloodingareeastof San Diego, northof Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Riverside, and Death Valley, according to Michael Brennan, director of the National Hurricane Center.

“To make it even more dangerous,there will be heavy rains and possible flooding,mainly at night.” So you definitely want to be in your safe seat until this afternoon. he said during alive broadcast downtown on Sunday morning. Brennan warned that flood conditions,such as washed-outstreets, are harder to see at night. This become especially dangerous on major freeways like I-10, I-8, and I-40, where heavy rains are expected.Most of Nevada,as well as parts of southwest Utah and western Arizona,are also at risk of flooding, Brennan said. Tornado danger also exists in parts of the Mojave Desert, the lower Colorado River Valley, and southeastern California.

including Fresno, Imperial, Inyo, Kern, Los Angeles, Riverside, San Diego, San Bernardino, Tul are, Orange and Ventura. Some of these communities, such as parts of San Bernardino County, have already received evacuation orders. Flood Operations Center, Cal Fire and the California National Guard are on standby with watercraft and water rescue teams in the event of a flood emergency.State officials have also urged residents to sign up for their county’s flood and evacuation alerts and to prepare pets and family members in case of an evacuation.

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