Heavy rains from Hurricane Kay could bring flooding to Southern California in San Diego, Imperial and Riverside counties, as well as cause rapid rise in water near wildfire scars
Southern California has been suffocated by a prolonged and dangerous heat wave, which has left record temperatures in triple digits.
The extreme heat could subside this weekend with the entry of humidity caused by the arrival of a tropical storm from Hurricane Kay that is currently impacting the coast of Baja California Sur, in Mexico, and that has a northward trajectory.
However, meteorologists warned that the intense rains caused by the phenomenon could cause flash flooding in some counties in southern California.
AccuWeather forecasters are monitoring Hurricane Kay which is expected to bring heavy rain and high winds to Mexico before moving into Southern California. https://t.co/YXgfHzV5aI
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“AccuWeather forecasters are increasingly concerned about the risk of heavy rain and associated flooding in regions of Southern California as tropical moisture from Kay flows north, especially the mountains and deserts of San Diego counties, Imperial and Riverside,” AccuWeather Chief Meteorologist Jonathan Porter said.
“Heavy rainfall, 2 to 4 inches or more, can lead to flashes that cause water to rise rapidly, especially near wildfire scars,” he added.
Porter mentioned that strong winds in excess of 50 miles per hour can also occur in the mountainous regions and canyons of Southern California.
“We are concerned about increased winds developing from the east on Friday, prior to the arrival of the rains, as these gusty winds may result in an increased risk of wildfires and may lead to erratic fire behavior in the area. the fires that are ongoing in Southern California,” Porter said.
The head of Meteorology said that, although the rains represent a risk for flash floods, they are also expected to be of great help in the work of extinguishing forest fires.
Porter mentioned that the heaviest rainfall can occur closer to the coast in major cities like Los Angeles and San Diego.