Heavy rains battered California on Sunday as Tropical Storm Hillary approached, threatening the southwestern US as dangerous flooding was feared after it passed through Mexico, killing one person.
• Also read: Hurricane Hillary killed at least one person in Baja California, Mexico, on its way to the United States
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A 5.1-magnitude earthquake also occurred near the southern California town of Ojai, but no damage or injuries were immediately reported.
Even after it was downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical storm, Hillary remained dangerous with winds of up to 95 km/h that lashed Mexico’s Baja California peninsula on Sunday afternoon, according to the US National Hurricane Center (NHC).
The center added that the storm, which is very rare for Southern California, was moving at a steady pace of 37 km/h.
He warned that “dangerous and even catastrophic floods may occur on Monday in Baja California and the southwestern parts of the United States.”
The US Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has deployed its teams to the areas Hillary must cross.
“This is an unprecedented weather event,” said Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass.
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California Governor Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency for much of the state’s southern region.
“Stay safe, California,” he wrote on social media as Hillary approached.
Five reception centers have been set up and 7,500 personnel have been mobilized, including rescue teams and several hundred soldiers, according to the governor’s office.
San Diego is preparing for potentially dangerous flooding. The residents stood ready to contain them with sandbags, while the Civil Security demanded that the residents not go into the sea.
At this major military port on the Pacific Ocean, the US Navy said ships and submarines would set sail before the storm descended.
“Security remains our top priority, and placing every possible vessel at sea makes it easier for us to manage the situation ashore,” US Third Fleet Commander Michael Boyle said in a statement.
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The National Health Commission also warned parts of Oregon and Idaho of heavy rain and the possibility of flash flooding.
He added that potential tornadoes could form in southeastern California, western Arizona, southern Nevada and far southwestern Utah.
According to Nancy Ward, director of the California Office of Emergency Services, Hillary may be one of the worst storms to hit the state in over a decade. “It’s a very dangerous, big storm,” she said.
According to the White House, US President Joe Biden is closely following the preparations.
He should also go with the first lady, Jill Biden, to Hawaii on Monday to see the damage caused by the wildfires and learn about the ongoing searches.
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In Mexico, Hillary and her heavy rains killed one person and damaged infrastructure south of the Baja California Peninsula.
The victim’s car was swept away by a sudden surge of water, Mexico’s Civil Protection Agency said, warning of the possibility of landslides and blocking roads in Baja California.
It is the first tropical storm of the season to make landfall on the Pacific side.
The state government of Baja California, where the city of Tijuana is located, has opened temporary shelters.
The Mexican government deployed nearly 19,000 troops to the states hardest hit by the storm, while the Federal Electric Corporation sent 800 personnel and hundreds of vehicles to deal with potential outages.
According to scientists, storms are getting stronger as the world warms with climate change.
“We also need to look at the relationship of climate change to these extreme weather events,” official Deanne Criswell told CNN. What will risk look like in the future?
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