Tropical Storm Hillary hits the southwestern United States

Status: 08/21/2023 04:52 am

Tropical Storm Hillary has made landfall in the southwestern United States. A state of emergency is already in effect. Not only that, there was an earthquake in California a while ago. No major damage or casualties were reported.

Pacific Tropical Storm “Hillary” has reached the southwestern part of the United States and is placing the region including the San Diego and Los Angeles metropolitan areas under a state of emergency. According to the National Hurricane Center, the center of the storm moved into Southern California on Sunday afternoon (local time). Southern California had already received heavy rain during the day.

Earlier, “Hillary” made landfall in Mexico and reached the coast of the Baja California peninsula. The storm weakened during Sunday and was downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical storm – but remained dangerous.

Earthquake in California

A 5.1-magnitude earthquake struck California on Sunday afternoon as the storm prepared for the storm. The epicenter was near Ojai, a small town about 100 kilometers northwest of Los Angeles, the USGS said.

Initially there was no major damage or casualties. No tsunami warning. Media reported that the earthquake was felt in Los Angeles.

The Meteorological Department has warned that it is historic amount of rainfall

California Governor Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency for large parts of Southern California. He warned people in his state: “If you think the sky is clear, I can go out jogging or walking – be careful and wait until this time tomorrow night,” he told a news conference.

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The U.S. Weather Service warned that record rainfall could cause flash flooding and flooding Sunday night and Monday. People should be prepared for landslides and mudslides. According to meteorologists, severe thunderstorms are expected in Southern California. “Hillary” is expected to move further north on Monday and melt over Nevada.

More and more extreme weather in California

California has been hit repeatedly by severe weather in recent months. This year, the state, which is plagued by drought and drought, received a lot of rain and an unusual amount of snow fell at high altitudes earlier in the year.

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