Tropical Storm Hilary caused significant damage in Southern California with strong winds and heavy rainfall. Although it weakened into a post-tropical cyclone upon entering Nevada, the extent of the damage is yet to be fully assessed. The National Hurricane Center has warned of potentially catastrophic and life-threatening flooding in parts of the Southwestern United States and the Baja California region in Mexico. This marks the first time a tropical storm warning has been issued for Southern California, with Arizona and Nevada also expected to experience heavy rainfall and potential flooding.
Tens of millions of people were under the tropical storm warning as Hilary approached, and the aftermath is expected to reveal the full extent of the destruction. As the storm crossed the border into Nevada, it lost strength but remains a cause for concern due to the potential for flooding. The National Hurricane Center has advised that portions of the Southwestern United States and Baja California could experience severe flooding and face life-threatening conditions. In addition to Southern California, Arizona and Nevada are also preparing for heavy rainfall and possible flooding.
This event marks a significant weather occurrence, as Southern California had never before been under a tropical storm warning. The impact of the storm on the region’s infrastructure and residents will be assessed at daybreak to determine the extent of the damage. The focus is on the potential for catastrophic and life-threatening flooding, particularly in the Southwestern United States and Baja California. Authorities are urging affected populations to take necessary precautions and heed the warnings to ensure their safety.