Tropical Storm K could bring a year’s worth of rain to drought-stricken Southern California

Severe weather is forecast Tropical storm k Moving northward after making landfall in Mexico Thursday afternoon as a Category 1 hurricane. K was downgraded to a tropical storm Thursday evening, but was still packing strong winds of 70 mph.
That powerful, damaging wind is already threatening to push through High temperature Further across California, a brutal heat wave has fueled raging wildfires, strained the state’s power grid and urged residents to conserve energy use in hopes of avoiding rolling blackouts. More than 40 million Californians are under heat warnings and triple-digit temperatures are expected to continue Friday.

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.

The heat wave scorching California may be the worst in its history, and now an ocean hurricane is threatening to fan the already burning wildfires.

But water isn’t the only thing officials worry about.

“We have high wind warnings, storm watches, flood watches and extreme heat warnings that are expiring soon,” said Alex Tardi, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in San Diego. A virtual explanation Thursday evening. “Winds and rain continue to move in and will be significant Friday afternoon, Friday night and early Saturday morning.”
Weather Service He said to the city It expected “strong, damaging, easterly winds” to blow over most of Silver and west of the mountains. That warm, dry air from the east will already boost the region High fire risk — in the middle The heat wave continues Much of California.
Strong winds are expected to reach states as far north as Oregon, prompting the National Weather Service Portland Tweet “A red flag warning … will be in effect this Friday and Saturday due to expected strong easterly winds and low humidity. These conditions could cause the fire to spread rapidly.”
According to a tweet from the weather service, winds are expected to reach 25 to 50 mph in the area. Portland.

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.

Pacific Power released A similar statementAnd about 12,000 customers in Linn, Douglas, Lincoln, Tillamook, Marion and Polk counties have been notified of possible outages.

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.

Los Angeles weather officials reported Thursday’s temperature at Los Angeles International Airport was 97 degrees — breaking its previous record for September 8, set in 1984. The city of Paso Robles broke its record for that date with 108 degrees. Its previous record of 106 was set last year.
The heat wave scorching California may be the worst in its history, and now an ocean hurricane is threatening to fan the already burning wildfires.

The dangerously high heat and incoming winds are not helping firefighters battling the blaze, which has already burned thousands of acres.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday declared State of emergency for three districts due to two fires burning
In Riverside County, the Fairview Fire has already burned more than 18,650 acres and was 5% contained as of Thursday night. stone fire Two people were killed, one was injured and at least 12 buildings were destroyed, officials said.
The Mosquito Fire, which has burned more than 6,800 acres in El Dorado and Placer counties, was 0% contained Thursday night, according to Cal Fire. eviction order have been provided For parts of Placer County and some residents of El Dorado County They have warned To prepare for a possible evacuation, officials said.
The fire, which threatens more than 1,000 structures, demonstrated “intense behavior and growth” on Thursday and is burning in “extremely difficult terrain”. According to Call Fire.
“Both fires are threatening many communities and critical infrastructure, forcing tens of thousands of residents to evacuate,” the governor’s office said. A statement.

CNN’s Stephanie Elam, Taylor Ward, Ella Nielsen and Paradise Afshar contributed to this report.

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