In a bid to safeguard its vulnerable regions, Governor Gavin Newsom of California declared a state of emergency on Saturday as Southern California braces for an unprecedented weather event – Tropical Storm Hilary.
The storm, anticipated to unleash extraordinary rainfall and flooding, prompted this decisive response from state authorities.
According to an official statement released by the Governor’s office, a substantial force of “more than 7,500 personnel” has already been deployed to confront the impending impact of Hurricane Hilary. The Governor’s proclamation underscores the gravity of the situation as the state ramps up its efforts to coordinate resources and mobilize assistance ahead of the storm’s anticipated onslaught.
Governor Newsom’s official announcement reads, “In a proactive move, Governor Gavin Newsom has declared a state of emergency for a significant portion of Southern California, in order to bolster the response and recovery endeavors for Hurricane Hilary.
The state is diligently orchestrating its resources and measures in anticipation of the predicted effects of the storm, set to commence today.”
The storm, identified as Hurricane Hilary, has exhibited an unexpected weakening trajectory from a Category 2 hurricane to a Category 1 hurricane on Saturday night, as verified by the National Hurricane Center. With sustained wind speeds of 90 miles per hour, this meteorological phenomenon is poised to challenge the region with its formidable forces.
Hilary’s pace has accelerated beyond initial projections, presently surging at 18 mph and positioned 535 miles southeast of San Diego.
Its path predicts further weakening as it advances toward Southern California, traversing cooler waters on its north-northwest trajectory. The populace of the Southwest is bracing itself for the potential deluge of “catastrophic and life-threatening flooding,” as the storm assumes the role of an unusual tropical system. The most severe repercussions are anticipated on Sunday and Monday.
Forecasts indicate that the storm’s inundating rains will arrive ahead of its fiercest winds. The onset of these winds could materialize as early as Sunday morning, accompanied by a deluge of more intense and perilous rainfall.
The National Hurricane Center advises, “Hilary’s accelerated pace and a slight eastward shift in its trajectory suggest that the period between Sunday morning and Sunday evening will witness the zenith of its impact.” The San Diego branch of the National Weather Service concurs with this assessment.
As the threat looms, a first-of-its-kind tropical storm warning for California spans from the state’s southern border to the outskirts of Los Angeles.
The Southwestern region is projected to experience substantial rainfall extending into the early part of the ensuing week, culminating in the most extreme conditions on Sunday and Monday.
Anticipated rainfall ranges from 3 to 6 inches in sections of Southern California and Nevada, while some locales could experience up to 10 inches. Other regions are likely to receive between 1 to 3 inches of rainfall.
While the core of Hilary is anticipated to deliver a significant impact, the National Hurricane Center highlights the early onset of strong winds and precipitation. The center advises expeditious preparations for the impending rainfall-induced flooding, as heavy showers are set to intensify before the storm’s center arrives on Saturday.
The heart of the storm is predicted to reach San Diego on Sunday afternoon, potentially between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m., as indicated by Chris Heiser, the Executive Director of San Diego’s Office of Emergency Services. Heiser emphasizes the extraordinary size and scope of the storm, which distinguishes it from typical weather patterns witnessed in the region.
In anticipation of the looming tempest, authorities across the affected areas have initiated measures to contend with hazardous road conditions, potential infrastructure disruptions, and the looming threat of dangerous flooding. Governor Joe Lombardo of Nevada has announced the deployment of 100 state National Guard troops to southern Nevada, a region susceptible to substantial flooding.
In a Friday news conference, President Joe Biden assured the nation that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is proactively positioning personnel and resources for rapid response in Southern California or other vulnerable regions, should the need arise.Email your news TIPS to Editor@kahawatungu.com or WhatsApp +254707482874