Tropical Storm Hillary hits southern California in a southwesterly direction

Tropical Storm Hillary: What’s Next?

Southern California and the Southwest are bracing for the possible.Catastrophic and life-threatening floods“As Tropical Storm Hillary It continued north after making landfall in the northern part of Mexico’s Baja California peninsula on Sunday. Floods have already affected many areas, and numerous rock and mudslides have been reported.

Hillary is the first tropical storm to hit Southern California in 84 years.

It weakened to a tropical storm and strengthened to a Category 4 hurricane before making landfall. The storm is still expected to bring heavy rain along its path into Monday morning, according to the latest advisory from the National Hurricane Center.

“Historic rainfall is expected to cause life-threatening flash, urban and arroyo flooding, including landslides, mudslides and debris flows early Monday morning,” the NHC said.

Hillary dumped more than half of the average annual rainfall on some desert and mountain areas, including Palm Springs, which saw nearly 3 inches of rain by Sunday evening. The storm left thousands without power across Southern California and Palm Springs lost 911 service Sunday night. CBS News Los Angeles reported.

A car is partially submerged in floodwaters as Tropical Storm Hillary moves through Cathedral City, California on August 20, 2023.

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Where is flooding expected?

The NHC says, “Heavy rainfall associated with Hillary is expected across the southwestern United States through early Monday morning. 3 to 6 inches, with isolated maximum amounts of 10 inches, are expected in parts of southern California and southern Nevada. Risk for catastrophic flooding.”

What’s more, parts of Oregon and Idaho could get 1 to 3 inches of rain through Tuesday, with up to 5 inches in some places “resulting in localized (and) some significant flash flooding.”

In Nevada, officials are concerned about dangerous flooding across the western Mojave Desert, which is at high risk for flash flooding, an “extremely rare occurrence,” NWS Las Vegas said Sunday. Social media.

Southern California is experiencing heavy rain in Los Angeles and surrounding counties, CBS News Los Angeles reported.

The National Weather Service reports that Ventura County is experiencing Life threatening floods And San Bernardino, Riverside and nearby hills were at risk of flash flooding. San Bernardino and Riverside counties were released eviction order and published in Orange County Evacuation warnings.

In California, evacuation orders have been issued for San Bernardino and Riverside counties. Evacuation warnings were issued in Orange County, according to CBS News Los Angeles

Meanwhile, the Inland Empire and mountains are at high risk of flash flooding, with some communities expected to receive 6-10 inches of rain, according to CBS Los Angeles.

Among the many dramatic scenes that Hillary hit on:

A rock slide caught on camera at Forest Falls; The workers are engaged in clearing garbage from the roads

A massive mudslide creates a miles-long roadblock in Usaiba

Dramatic video shows flooding in Baja California

How does Southern California fare against Hillary?

As of 2 a.m. Monday, Hillary was about 75 miles northeast of Bakersfield, Calif., and racing north-northwest at 28 mph, with maximum sustained winds of 40 mph.

Although no longer a hurricane, the system still brought heavy rain to the area.

This is the first time the National Hurricane Center has issued one Tropical Storm Warning Southern California and California Governor Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency ahead of the storm.

On Sunday, President Biden said he had asked FEMA to send personnel and supplies to California. Mr. Biden added that the Coast Guard has pre-positioned aircraft to allow for rapid response and rescue efforts.

“My administration deployed federal personnel to Nevada and made sure the state has additional support, and we will continue to coordinate with California, Nevada and Arizona on any resources they need,” Biden said.

Catalina Island evacuees arrive in Long Beach, California after being evacuated by Hurricane Hillary. August 19, 2023.

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On Sunday evening, the Los Angeles Unified School District, the nation’s second largest school district, declared All schools, campuses and after-school programs will be closed Monday due to the storm.

“This was not an easy decision,” the district said on social media. “Los Angeles Unified acknowledges the unique, unprecedented nature of Tropical Storm Hillary, which has earned city, county and state emergency declarations.”

The Pasadena Unified School District followed suit Sunday night.

The California Department of Parks and Recreation ordered the temporary closure of all San Diego and Orange County state beaches and several state parks on Saturday.

Disneyland announced park closures early Saturday, with Disney California Adventure Park closing at 9 p.m., Disneyland Park closing at 10 p.m. and Downtown Disney District closing at 11 p.m.

The San Diego Padres, Los Angeles Dodgers and Los Angeles Angels all shifted Sunday home games to Saturday doubleheaders in anticipation of the storm.

When will Hillary hit Las Vegas?

Heavy rains expected Monday morning in Nevada, flooding in Las Vegas and Death Valley National Park, Weather Channel says, “significant flooding” reported.

Nevada Governor Joe Lombardo declared a state of emergency Sunday afternoon due to the tropical storm’s “immediate impact” across the state. “Significant damage is likely to occur to public and private properties, including various transport routes,” the statement said.

That came days after he announced that 100 National Guard troops had been activated ahead of the tropical storm.

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