In parts of Southern California has been hit hard by the drought. for months, residents are preparing for storm that could drop a years worth of rain – and cause dangerous flash floods.
Extreme weather forecast as Tropical Storm Kay moves north after landfall in Mexico as a Category 1 hurricane on Thursday afternoon. Kei was downgraded to a tropical storm on Thursday evening but strong winds were still blowing. of 70 mph with even stronger wind gusts.
Those powerful destructive winds threaten to push already high temperatures across California even higher, expanding brutal heat the wave that sparked raging wildfires strained the state’s power grid and prompted officials to urge residents to conserve energy. use in hope of avoiding rolling power shutdowns. Over 40 million Californians remain under heat Warnings and triple-digit temperatures are expected to continue into Friday.
Cay is weakening, but the storm is not expected to turn off the coast until Saturday evening.
A flash flood is expected before then in parts of Southern California and southwestern Arizona on Friday, according to the National Hurricane Center. Flash flood the clock was in effect Thursday evening for southern California and parts of Arizona with a population of 8 million people.
Imperial Valley region, home to one of most productive agricultural belts of the country, strengthens for serious damage. All of Imperial County in severe drought, according to US Drought Monitor, since early spring, but the rains they missed out on won’t be right away help with recovery.
“Farmers of the Imperial Valley in middle of preparing their lands for planting season, so half inch to one inch of it will rain cause damage and delays schedule”said Robert Shettler, spokesman for Imperial irrigation district.
Here just how much water region could see: Imperial County Airport on average gets 2.38 inches of rain every year. The National Weather Service forecasts 2 to 4 inches. over well of 36 hours on Friday and Saturday.
If the Imperial gets more than 3 inches of rain, it will make this month the rainiest september on record. The previous wettest September was in 1976
In Palm Springs, who usually sees 4.61 inches of rain annually, 2 to 4 inches is predicted. Three inches in Palm Springs would have delivered this month in three rainiest septembers for in a city where the average rainfall in September is 0.24 inches.
And Yuma, Arizona could see 1.5 inches, making September 2022 the wettest since 2009. city average rainfall in September is 0.68 inches.
But it is not just water that officials are worried about.
“We have a strong wind warning. in effectgale clock, flood clock and soon- expiration date heat warnings,” Alex Tardy, meteorologist with National Weather Service for San Diego said in a virtual briefing on Thursday evening. “Wind and rain moving on in and it will be meaningful Friday afternoon, Friday night, and early Saturday morning.”
weather service for in city said he expected “a strong, destructive, east wind” for a lot of of Friday over and west of the mountains. These warm, dry winds from the east are likely to increase regions already high fire risk – against the backdrop of ongoing heat a wave that bakes strongly of California.
Strong winds expected to reach states north like Oregon, prompting the Portland National Weather Service tweet what a red flag warning … will be in effect this FRIDAY and SATURDAY, due to expected strong easterly winds and low humidity. These conditions may cause rapid spread of fire”.
gusts of wind in in region expected range 25 to 50 mph, according to a tweet from weather service in Portland.
Pacific Power and Portland General Electric utilities announced so that they can actively off power in some high-risk areas for reduce in risk of fire.
Shutdowns will be implemented”in limited, highrisk area to help reduce in risk of forest fire and help protect people, property and environment”, – said in Portland General Electric. in release. Utility says in move can affect about 30,000 customer counters in Portland and Salem, Oregon area.
Pacific Power issued a similar statement and said about 12,000 customers in Lynn, Douglas, Lincoln, Tillamook, Marion, and Polk counties have been notified. of potential outages.
With triple digit temperatures likely to persist for a lot of of California Friday new All-time records are expected to be broken.
weather officials in Los Angeles informed temperature of 97 degrees at Los Angeles International Airport on Thursday – surpassing the previous figure record for the date of 8 September, set in 1984. city of Paso Robles also beat him record for this date, with 108 degrees. His previous record of 106 was set last year.
dangerously high heat and there are no winds help firefighter fighting the flames already charred thousands of acres
California Governor Gavin Newsom on Thursday announced the state of emergency for three districts over two flames that raged on.
In Riverside County, there was a fire in Fairview. already burned almost 24,000 acres and was 5% contained as of Thursday night, according to Cal Fire. Two people died, one a person was injured and at least 12 buildings were destroyed. destroyedofficials said.
doublestrike of the wind circulating in the mountainous area will make the fire unsustainable behavior especially dangerous to hold back, but heavy rains from Kei are likely to ease some risk Friday night, according to CNN meteorologist Derek Van Dam.
Meanwhile, mosquito fire burning in Eldorado and Placer counties, burned through more There was 0% containment than 13,700 acres on Thursday night, according to Cal Fire. Evacuation orders were released for parts of Placer County and some residents of Eldorado County Warned to Prepare for possibility of Evacuation, officials said.
The flame that threatens over 3,600 structures that demonstrated “extreme fire behavior and growth Thursday and lit in “Extremely difficult terrain,” according to Cal Fire.
“Both fires threaten several communities and critical infrastructure, forced evacuation of dozens of thousands of residents,” the governor said. office said in statement.