Flooding and powerful winds are anticipated throughout elements of Southern California on Friday as Tropical Storm Kay passes offshore.
In keeping with the Nationwide Hurricane Heart, the storm’s heart was about 140 miles south of San Diego as of 11 a.m. PT, and nonetheless primarily affecting Mexico’s Baja California peninsula. Kay made landfall in Mexico on Thursday afternoon, coming ashore close to the middle of Baja California with most sustained winds of 75 mph, in addition to heavy rain and a strong storm surge.
Kay’s most sustained winds now hover round 45 mph, and it is touring northwest at 13 mph. A westward flip is predicted on Saturday, taking it farther from land.
Winds and moisture from the storm are shifting into elements of Southern California and southwestern Arizona. The heaviest rain is forecast to fall east of San Diego, in desert areas. Rainfall of two to 4 inches is probably going Friday night time by way of Saturday morning, although some remoted areas may rise up to eight inches.
The Nationwide Climate Service issued a flash flood warnings for elements of Imperial County, California, till 3:30 p.m. PT. The New River, which flows by way of the county and throughout the U.S.-Mexico border, is predicted to overflow its banks. Flood watches proceed by way of tomorrow for 8 million folks throughout southern California, western Arizona and southern Nevada.
A excessive wind warning is in impact till midnight in San Diego County and elements of San Bernardino and Riverside Counties. Components of these areas may see gusts as much as 65 mph.
Tropical cyclones that impression Southern California are very uncommon. The latest was Hurricane Nora in 1997, which prompted energy outages in L.A. and flooding in San Diego after shifting over southeastern California as a tropical storm.
In Mexico, in the meantime, continued coastal flooding, flash floods and landslides are potential throughout Baja California and in parts of mainland northwestern Mexico by way of Saturday morning. In whole, the peninsula may see as much as 10 inches of rain by the point the storm is over, with remoted areas getting as much as 15.
Tropical storm warnings are nonetheless in impact alongside the each coasts of the Baja peninsula. On the west facet, the warning space extends from Punta Eugenia north to the U.S.-Mexico border. Within the Gulf of California, the warning impacts the coast between Bahia de Los Angeles on the peninsula and Puerto Libertad in mainland Mexico.
Liza Torres, Marlene Lenthang, Kathryn Prociv and Steve Strouss contributed.