Tropical Storm Cay could bring a year’s worth of rain to drought-hit Southern California

Extreme weather is predicted for tropical storm cay It will head north after making landfall in Mexico as a Category 1 hurricane on Thursday afternoon. Kay was downgraded to a tropical storm on Thursday night, but it still had stronger gusts with winds of 70 mph.
Those powerful and devastating winds are already threatening to surge high temperature A brutal heatwave that’s fueling raging wildfires has spread even higher across California, straining the state’s energy grid and prompting officials to conserve energy usage to avoid rolling blackouts. More than 40 million Californians are on heatstroke warnings, with triple-digit temperatures expected to continue Friday.

Kay is weakened, but the storm is not expected to move away from the coast until Saturday night.

By then, flash flooding is expected in parts of southern California and southwestern Arizona, according to the National Hurricane Center. Flash flood warnings were issued for parts of Southern California and Arizona on Thursday night, affecting eight million people.

Watch out for floods and strong winds from severe drought

The Imperial Valley region, one of the country’s most productive agricultural regions, is bracing for serious damage. According to the US Drought Monitor, all of Imperial County has been hit by a severe drought that has been going on since early spring.

“Imperial Valley farmers are in the process of preparing their land for the rice-planting season, so a half-inch to an inch of rain can cause damage and delay schedules,” he said. said Robert Shettler, spokesman for the Imperial Irrigation District.

Imperial County Airport receives an average of 2.38 inches of rain each year. The National Weather Service predicts he’ll be two to four inches between 36 hours Friday and Saturday.

With more than 3 inches of rain in Imperial, this month will be the wettest September on record. His last wettest September was in 1976.

Palm Springs, which typically sees 4.61 inches of precipitation per year, expects 2 to 4 inches of precipitation. 3 inches in Palm Springs places it in the top 3 wettest Septembers in Palm Springs this month with an average of 0.24 inches of precipitation in September.

Yuma, Arizona could also receive 1.5 inches of rain, making 2022 the wettest September since 2009. The average rainfall for September is 0.68 inches.

California's scorching heatwave could be the worst ever, and now offshore hurricanes threaten to fuel already raging wildfires

But water isn’t the only concern officials have.

“We have strong wind warnings, storm warnings, flood warnings, and an extreme heat warning that is about to end,” said Alex Turdy, a meteorologist at the San Diego National Weather Service. virtual briefing Thursday evening. “Wind and rain will pick up and will be significant Friday afternoon through Friday night and Saturday morning.”
weather service because the city said A “strong, damaging easterly wind” was expected for much of Friday and on the west side of the mountain.These warm, dry winds from the east are probably already high risk of fire –among them ongoing heat wave much of california.
Strong winds are expected to reach as far north as Oregon, the National Weather Service Portland said. Tweet “Red flag warnings will be in effect this Friday and Saturday as strong easterly winds and low humidity are expected.These conditions could allow the fire to spread rapidly.”
Gusts in the region are expected to be in the range of 25 to 50 miles per hour, according to the Bureau of Meteorology’s tweet. Portland.

Utilities Pacific Power and Portland General Electric said they may aggressively shut down power in high-risk areas to reduce the risk of fires.

Power outages will be implemented “in limited, high-risk areas to reduce the risk of wildfires and protect people, property and the environment,” Portland General Electric said in a release. The move could affect about 30,000 customer meters in the Portland and Salem areas of Oregon, according to the company.

Pacific power is similar statementand about 12,000 customers in Lynn, Douglas, Lincoln, Tillamook, Marion and Polk counties have been notified of the potential closure, they said.

Governor declares state of emergency over fire

New all-time records are expected to be broken as triple-digit temperatures are likely to persist across much of California on Friday.

Los Angeles Meteorological Authority report Thursday’s temperature at Los Angeles International Airport was 97 degrees Celsius, breaking the September 8th record high set in 1984. The city of Paso Robles also broke the record for the same day with his 108 degrees. The previous record was 106 last year.
California's scorching heatwave could be the worst ever, and now offshore hurricanes threaten to fuel already raging wildfires

Dangerously high heat and high winds are of no help to firefighters battling blazes that have already scorched thousands of acres.

California Governor Gavin Newsom Thursday Declared Two blazes raged and created a state of emergency in three counties.
In Riverside County, the Fairview Fire has already burned more than 18,650 acres and was 5% contained as of Thursday night. Cal Fire. Authorities said two people were killed, one injured and at least 12 structures destroyed.
Mosquito fires burning in both Eldorado and Placer counties have charred more than 6,800 acres and were at 0% containment Thursday night, Cal Fire reported.evacuation order issued Residents of parts of Placer County and parts of Eldorado County warned To prepare for possible evacuations, officials said.
Flames threatening more than 1,000 structures showed “extreme fire behavior and growth” on Thursday and are burning in “extremely difficult terrain”. According to Cal Fire.
“Both fires are threatening multiple communities and critical infrastructure, forcing the evacuation of tens of thousands of residents,” the governor’s office said. statement.

CNN’s Stephanie Elam, Taylor Ward, Ella Nilsen, and Paradise Afshar contributed to this report.


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