Keistorm: From wildfires to tropical storms, parts of the West Coast continue to face extreme weather this weekend




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As parts of the West grapple with devastating wildfires, scorching temperaturesThe storm, which brought life-threatening flash floods and high winds to Southern California, will bring more heavy rain Saturday.

Millions of people in San Diego, Riverside, and San Bernardino counties are paying attention to flash flooding through Saturday. tropical storm cay Drenches the area. The storm caused some damage and flooded roads, San Diego officials.

The storm “will continue to bring heavy rain and flash flooding to parts of the southwestern Southern California desert Friday night through Saturday, along with strong winds through the mountains of Southern California,” it said. National Weather Service said on Friday.

Kay has weakened from the strength of a previous tropical cyclone that hit the U.S. after making landfall in Mexico as a Category 1 hurricane on Thursday. It will continue to weaken as it moves west from the northern Baja coast at 120 miles.

The downgraded storm system was still measuring sustained winds of 40 mph, which worried fire officials as destabilizing. Fairview Fire rages in Southern California. The fire has charred more than 28,000 acres since it began on Sept. 5, according to the California Fire Department on Friday night.

Authorities said the containment rate was 40% and the fire killed two civilians and injured one. The fire destroyed 13 buildings, including a house, and damaged 4 others. Another 10,000 structures are threatened.

But officials said some mitigation awaits as the rainfall progresses.

“With the rains beginning, the drought-hit area not only got much-needed rainfall, but it also helped firefighters by slowing the spread of the Fairview fire.” cal fire said Friday.

Predictions show heatwave that has devoured millions in the West 1 week or more Also, calls for residents to limit their electricity use are expected to decrease this weekend.

“The record heat wave that has plagued much of the West over the past week is coming to an end,” the Weather Service added. “Friday is likely to be the hottest day on record in California’s interior canyons, with temperatures set to drop to near-average levels this weekend.”

Officials said the extremely hot weather across the region has further mitigated the impact of expected rainfall.

“It’s so hot that you can see how the rain evaporates before it hits the ground. This also helps with the gusts of wind we’re seeing.” The Los Angeles Weather Department.

While some residents of the region will take a break from the heat this weekend, others in the Pacific Northwest are expected to face an increased risk of dangerous fire activity, the weather agency warned.

In Oregon, located further north from the California coastline, fears of power outages may continue this weekend due to hot, dry weather.

A power company shut off power to 30,000 homes and businesses in Portland and Salem, Oregon, on Friday to reduce the risk of dangerous fire activity.

According to Portland General Electric, the practice known as public safety shutdowns is usually done in limited areas considered to be at high risk of wildfires. Other areas are also seeing power outages due to “imminent high winds and the extreme fire conditions currently being seen in Oregon,” the utility company said.

Another 7,235 homes and businesses also experienced power outages due to dangerous fire weather conditions, according to provider Pacific Power.

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown said, “We have declared three major fires in the past two weeks and declared a statewide fire emergency to ensure that all available and necessary resources are quickly demobilized in the event of wildfires. I have arranged it,” he said. “Now in Oregon he has seven major fires and statewide he has over 168,000 acres burning.”

Red flag warning – Warning of increased risk Weather Fire Activity – Effective through Saturday in Northwest Oregon and Southwest Washington.

Gusts in these areas can range from 25 to 50 miles per hour and can help the fire spread rapidly

A travel caution sign for high winds was posted on Interstate 8 east of San Diego on Thursday in Julian, Calif.

On the other hand, many areas of California are unaffected by cay rains and are at high risk of extreme weather.

Explosive mosquito fires raged across northern California’s Eldorado and Placer counties, scorching nearly 30,000 acres late Friday and remaining at 0% control. According to Cal FireEvacuations have been ordered and about a dozen communities have been alerted.

“The fire spread significantly overnight as extreme fire action and heavy smoke limited visibility. The fire went uphill with short-range spotting. relative humidity,” a Cal Fire official said in an update.

Source: www.cnn.com

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