October 5, 2022

Tropical Storm K: Brutal winds batter Southern California as K begins to ramp up already warm temperatures and ease flash flooding



CNN

Strong winds — some gusting to 100 miles per hour — are beginning to batter Southern California, raising Friday’s already warm temperatures. A potential tropical storm A year’s worth of rains are falling and threatening dangerous flash floods across the drought-stricken state.

Extreme weather is coming Tropical storm k It is moving northward after making landfall in Mexico on Thursday as a Category 1 hurricane. Although Kay has weakened to a tropical storm, it still has sustained winds of 40 mph. And it improves the wind through the hill – like this A Santa Ana wind phenomenon – For extremely strong winds, including Friday’s 109-mph blast on Cuyamaca Peak in the San Diego Mountains, The National Weather Service said.

Much of southern and central California — already — as Kay’s swirling winds push warmer, drier air from the east Packing through a climate crisis-fueled heat wave – A high heat warning will remain in place until 8 p.m. Friday. And there is a growing concern that anomalous, strong winds will spread A forest fire is already burningThe Fairview Fire, which killed two people this week and has exploded in size, has burned more than 27,400 acres and forced evacuations.

“With really strong winds, we could continue to see fires that are already burning and spread even before the rain arrives,” The National Weather Service in San Diego said CNN.

Rain from the Kay began falling Friday as flash flood risks increased in Southern California, including San Diego, and southwestern Arizona, including Yuma.

Meteorological Department said A 1:40 pm PT update Heavy rain continued in the San Diego deserts and rain bands pushed into Orange and Riverside counties.

Rain is expected by Saturday to cool down the heat — bringing relief to weary residents and power grid operators. Prepared for rolling breakdowns – It can trigger debris flows, especially in fire-ravaged areas. A flash flood warning is in effect for southwestern Imperial County. and the Weather Service office in Flagstaff, Arizona, It warned of life-threatening flash floods “Low water crossings, creeks, generally dry washes and roads” in Cocosino County. Grand Canyon National Park is included in the warning, the weather service said.

Flood watches cover more than 6 million people across Southern California, including Palm Springs, Riverside and Barstow; Southern Nevada, including Las Vegas; and western Arizona, including Yuma, Lake Havasu City and Kingman.

and the western US It has been affected by drought for several months, 4 inches of rain in two days will not provide the necessary recovery. In fact, the Imperial Valley region, one of the nation’s most productive farm belts and has been experiencing severe drought since early spring, is now facing severe damage.

“Imperial Valley farmers are in the middle of getting their fields ready for planting season, so a half-inch to 1 inch of rain could damage and delay their schedule,” said Robert Schedler, spokesman for the Imperial Irrigation District.

While the damage Kay will leave behind is still uncertain, the storm is expected to leave moderate temperatures in its path as it pushes away from the US West Coast and into the Pacific on Saturday night.

Meanwhile, wildfires continue to ravage northern California as well, while Oregon faces heightened fire danger from a separate weather system bringing similarly strong winds from the east.

As triple-digit temperatures could continue for much of California on Friday, record highs are expected to be set before the Kay’s coolness settles in.

Los Angeles weather officials reported Thursday’s temperature at Los Angeles International Airport was 97 degrees — breaking its previous record for a September 8, set in 1984. Paso Robles, California also broke its record with 108 degrees; Its previous record of 106 was set last year.

Behind the heat, faster, heavier floods can also rewrite the record books. Between two and 4 inches per 36 hours is expected Friday and Saturday at the Imperial County Airport, which averages 2.38 inches of rain each year. If Imperial receives more than 3 inches of rain, it will record its wettest September this month; Earlier in 1976, the month of September had the highest rainfall.

In Palm Springs, which typically receives 4.61 inches of rain annually, 2 to 4 inches is forecast. Three inches in Palm Springs would add this month to the city’s top three wettest Septembers, where the average September rainfall is 0.24 inches.

Yuma could see 1.5 inches — making 2022 the wettest September since 2009. The city’s average September rainfall is 0.68 inches.

While the rain will no doubt help firefighters battling the wildfires, too much damage has already been done: California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday declared State of emergency for three districts due to two fires.

Beyond the Fairview Fire, the Mosquito Fire in Northern California’s El Dorado and Placer counties has burned 29,585 acres and is 0% contained, according to Inciweb, the national wildfire prevention home. As of now, the fire is threatening more than 3,600 structures Friday update On the website.

eviction order were provided For parts of Placer County and some residents of El Dorado County would have been Officials said they have been ordered to evacuate.

“Both fires are threatening many communities and critical infrastructure, forcing tens of thousands of residents to evacuate,” the governor’s office said. said in a statement.

Meanwhile, Oregon faces strong winds from the east that will increase fire danger across the state due to a weather system separated from the Cay.

“A red flag warning … will be in effect this Friday & Saturday due to expected strong easterly winds and low humidity. These conditions may cause the fire to spread rapidly,” the National Weather Service in Portland said. He tweeted that.

According to a tweet from the weather service, winds are expected to reach 25 to 50 mph in the area. Portland.

Utilities Pacific Power and Portland General Electric announced earlier shutdowns in some high-risk areas to reduce the risk of fires.

Portland General Electric said in a release that it will be “implemented in a limited, high-risk area to help reduce the risk of wildfires and protect people, property and the environment.” The move could affect about 30,000 customer meters in the Portland and Salem, Oregon area, the utility said.

About 12,000 Pacific Power customers in Linn, Douglas, Lincoln, Tillamook, Marion and Polk counties have been notified of the possible outage, the provider said in a statement. Report.