K is weakening, but the storm is expected to move away from shore by Saturday night.
Earlier, parts of southern California and southwestern Arizona could experience flooding on Friday, the National Hurricane Center said. A flash flood watch was in effect Thursday night for parts of Southern California and Arizona, which covers about 8 million people.
From severe drought to flood and storm watch
The Imperial Valley region, one of the nation’s most productive farm belts, faces severe damage. According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, all of Imperial County is in a severe drought and has been since early spring — but getting all the rain they’ve missed at once won’t help recovery.
“Imperial Valley farmers are in the middle of getting their fields ready for planting season, so a half inch to an inch of rain could damage and delay their schedules,” said Robert Schedler, spokesman for the Imperial Irrigation District.
Here’s how much water the area can see: Imperial County Airport receives an average of 2.38 inches of rain each year. The National Weather Service predicts 2 to 4 inches in 36 hours Friday and Saturday.
If Imperial gets more than 3 inches of rain, it will be the wettest month for September on record. Earlier in 1976, the month of September had the highest rainfall.
In Palm Springs, which typically receives 4.61 inches of rain annually, 2 to 4 inches is forecast. Three inches in Palm Springs would add this month to the city’s top three wettest Septembers, where the average September rainfall is 0.24 inches.
Yuma, Arizona, could see 1.5 inches — making 2022 the wettest September since 2009. The city’s average September rainfall is 0.68 inches.
But water isn’t the only thing officials worry about.
Utilities such as Pacific Power and Portland General Electric announced early power cuts in some high-risk areas to reduce the risk of fires.
Portland General Electric said in a release that it will be “implemented in a limited, high-risk area to help reduce the risk of wildfires and protect people, property and the environment.” The utility says the move could affect about 30,000 customer meters in the Portland and Salem, Oregon area.
The governor declared a state of emergency due to the fire
New all-time high records are expected to be broken as triple-digit temperatures are likely to continue for much of California on Friday.
The dangerously high heat and incoming winds are not helping firefighters battling the blaze, which has already burned thousands of acres.
CNN’s Stephanie Elam, Taylor Ward, Ella Nielsen and Paradise Afshar contributed to this report.
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