California received its first tropical storm warning this weekend for Tropical Storm Hilary moving north into the Desert Southwest. Learn about the damage that was caused in this unprecedented event.
He Hurricane Hillary was a Category 4 hurricane. over the Pacific Ocean. It moved through Baja California and crossed the border with the United States. Before arriving in the North American country, Hilary was downgraded to a tropical storm.. This does not mean that he was not powerful.
California is not used to so much rain
Tropical Storm Hilary dumped record rainfall on parts of California. He Los Angeles National Weather Service list more than 150 mm of rain in some areas of the state.
Rain totals for #Hilary as of 3AM, virtually all rainfall daily records have been broken thus far.
Some impressive totals:
Lewis Ranch: 7.04 in
Lake Palmdale: 5.98 in
UCLA: 4.26 in
Thousand Oaks: 3.29
Downtown LA: 2.38 in
For more details: https://t.co/n4b2WC6IV5
— NWS Los Angeles (@NWSLosAngeles) August 21, 2023
This is extremely impressive since Los Angeles normally receives about 350mm of rain in an entire year. This event brought nearly half of the city’s entire year’s rainfall.
The state does not receive much precipitation. In fact, parts of the state are currently in a moderate drought. This is the same for many of the surrounding states, including Utah, Nevada y Arizona. All of these states received heavy rain from this storm.
— Aldrich (@observer888888) August 21, 2023
The ground was so dry, it was unable to absorb any substantial amount of rain. This is part of the reason the flooding has been so severe after Hillary.
Hazardous flash floods triggered by #StormHilary shut down Death Valley National Park, the hottest place on Earth and the driest part of North America!#Floods #DeathValley #California #Hilary #Storm #Hurricane #HurricaneHilary #CAwx #Flooding #BajaCalifornia #Climate pic.twitter.com/nylnqHaoXU
— Earth42morrow (@Earth42morrow) August 21, 2023
Floods are extremely dangerous and can be life threatening. Extreme floods like this could easily drag him underwater with his power.. This amount of water can also cause landslides and dangerous road conditions.
The wake of Tropical Storm Hilary
Many California residents find themselves without power, their homes flooded, and nowhere to go. Hilary brought very strong winds along your way, downing many power lines and leaving thousands of people without power.
Fortunately, the power companies were prepared for this event, so power has already been restored to many areas.
#BREAKING #USA #HurricaneHilary Drone footage of the wiped out bridge north of Banning, California and the massive traffic jam on closed I10 near Palm Springs due to floods. pic.twitter.com/fLsHMSpGE4
— National Independent (@NationalIndNews) August 21, 2023
Heavy rains covered the roads, making many of them impassable. The storm hit Mexico first as a category 1 hurricane. This was devastating for Baja California.
Hurricane Hilary brought heavy rain and flooding to Mexico and the southwestern U.S.
This is the situation in Baja California
— Massimo (@Rainmaker1973) August 20, 2023
A storm of this magnitude hadn’t hit the West Coast in a long time. In fact, this was the first time California was in a tropical storm warning from the National Metereological Service.
The remnants of the storm move north
The National Weather Service warns that Hilary’s remains will continue to travel north toward Idaho and Oregon. These areas are under a flash flood and heavy rain warning..
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