Tropical Storm Kay: Ferocious winds are set to lash Southern California as Kay raises already-warm temperatures and begins to block flood-prone areas.

Tropical Storm Kay: Ferocious winds are set to lash Southern California as Kay raises already-warm temperatures and begins to block flood-prone areas.


Severe weather is coming as Tropical Storm Kay is heading north after making landfall Thursday in Mexico as a Category 1 hurricane. Although Kay has weakened to a tropical storm, it is still packing sustained winds of 40 mph. And it raises the wind through the mountain land — the same as Santa Ana wind event — for a more intense flavor, including a 109 mph blast Friday on Cuyamaca Peak in the San Diego Mountains, The National Weather Service reported.
With Kay’s swirling winds pushing warm, dry air from the east, much of Southern and Central California — ready. baking through a heat wave caused by the climate crisis — will remain under extreme heat warnings until 8pm Friday. And concerns are growing that uncertain, strong winds will spread a wildfire that is already burningincluding the Fireview Fire, which has killed two people and exploded this week, forcing evacuations as it burned more than 27,400 acres.

Rain from Kay has begun to fall Friday in Southern California, including San Diego, and southwestern Arizona, including Yuma, as the risk of flooding increases.

The weather service said at 1:40 pm PT update heavy rain continued in the San Diego desert and bands of rain were moving into Orange and Riverside counties.
With rain expected by Saturday to cool down the scorching heat — bringing relief to weary residents and power grid operators who ready for a circuit breaker — can also cause runoff debris, especially in areas that have been damaged by fire. A flash flood warning is in effect for southwestern Imperial County. With the weather service office in Flagstaff, Arizona, he warned of life-threatening floods in Cococino County of “low water crossings, creeks, usually dry land and roads.” 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 although the American West has been suffered from drought for several months, getting up to 4 inches of rain in just two days will not bring the kind of relief needed. Indeed, the Imperial Valley region, which is home to one of the most productive agricultural belts and has been hit by a severe drought since the beginning of spring, is now looking at major devastation.

“Imperial Valley farmers are in the midst of preparing their fields for the growing season, so a half inch to 1 inch of rain will cause damage and delay their schedule,” said Robert Schettler, spokesman for the Imperial Irrigation District.

While the damage Kay leaves behind is still unknown, the storm is expected to leave in more moderate temperatures as it turns Saturday night off the US West Coast and pushes into the Pacific.

Meanwhile, wildfires also continue to burn in Northern California, while Oregon faces fire danger as strong easterly winds blow in from a different weather system.

Record high temperatures and rainfall may fall

With triple-digit temperatures likely to continue Friday for much of California, higher highs are expected to set in before Kay’s cold snap takes hold.

Weather officials in Los Angeles information 97 degrees Thursday at Los Angeles International Airport — beating its previous record of Sept. 8, set in 1984. The city of Paso Robles, California, also beat its record for that date, at 108 degrees; his previous record of 106 was set last year.
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Behind the heat, rapid, heavy flooding can also rewrite the record books. Two to four inches are expected over a 36-hour period on Friday and Saturday at Imperial County Airport, which averages 2.38 inches of rain annually. If Imperial receives more than 3 inches of rain, it will make this the wettest September on record; the previous rain in September was in 1976.

In Palm Springs, which typically sees 4.61 inches of rain each year, 2 to 4 inches is the forecast. Three inches in Palm Springs would tie this month for the three wettest Septembers for the city, where the average September rainfall is 0.24 inches.

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

Fire woes affect California and Oregon

While the rain would certainly help firefighters working to put out the wildfires, much damage has already been done: California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday he announced state of emergency for three counties due to two fire incidents.
In addition to the Fairview Fire, the Mosquito Fire in El Dorado and Placer counties in Northern California has burned 29,585 acres and is 0% contained, according to InciWeb, the national wildfire prevention center. The fire threatens more than 3,600 structures, according to a Friday update on the website.
Rescue instructions were given for parts of Placer County, and some residents of El Dorado County have been ordered to evacuate, officials said.
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“Both fires are threatening many communities and critical infrastructure, forcing the evacuation of tens of thousands of residents,” the governor’s office said. he said in a statement.

Oregon, meanwhile, is facing strong winds from the east that will increase fire danger across the state from a weather system unlike Kay.

“A red flag warning … will be in effect this FRIDAY & SATURDAY, due to expected strong easterly winds and low humidity. These conditions could cause the fire to spread rapidly,” the National Weather Service in Portland. he tweeted.
Wind gusts in the area are expected to range from 25 to 50 mph, according to a tweet from the state weather service. Portland.

Utilities Pacific Power and Portland General Electric announced they may turn off power in some high-risk areas to reduce the risk of fires.

The blackout will be implemented “in a small, high-risk area to help reduce the risk of wildfires and help protect people, property and the environment,” Portland General Electric said in a statement. The move could affect about 30,000 customers’ 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 shutdown, the utility said in a statement. statement.

CNN meteorologists Taylor Ward and Allison Chinchar, and CNN’s Christina Maxouris, Steve Almasy, Stephanie Elam, Ella Nilsen, Paradise Afshar and Chris Boyette contributed to this report.