Tropical Storm Rainfall California and Mexico are the targets of Hilary’s lashes, which block roadways and trap motorists.

Stormy weather As worries grew that flash floods could strike in locations as far north as Idaho, which rarely receives such torrential rain, Hilary flooded streets across Mexico’s arid Baja California Peninsula with deadly floodwaters before moving over Southern California, where it flooded roads and toppled trees.

The first tropical storm to hit Southern California in 84 years, according to forecasters, Hilary brought flash floods, mudslides, severe gusts, power outages, and the potential for scattered tornadoes.

In order to threaten the makeshift homes that cling to slopes just south of the U.S. border, Hilary made landfall along the Mexican coast in a sparsely populated area approximately 150 miles (250 kilometres) south of Ensenada before moving through Tijuana, which is prone to mudslides.

Prior to the worst of the storm, Southern California, which is typically sunny, saw heavy rain that prompted flash flood watches and warnings for at least 9 million people. Forecasters cautioned that hillsides with burn scars from previous wildfires and desert areas were particularly vulnerable.

In neighbourhoods from San Diego to Los Angeles, tree branches fell, flooding overloaded drainage systems, and mud and stones flowed across highways. Several cars were submerged in flooding in Palm Springs and neighbouring Coachella Valley desert cities. Eisenhower Medical Centre in Rancho Mirage’s emergency department had floodwaters removed by workers.

The second-largest school system in the country, the Los Angeles Unified School District, announced that all campuses would be closed on Monday.

Superintendent Alberto Carvalho stated during a media briefing that there is no way that we can risk the safety of even one student or employee. Additionally, the inability to scan buildings and identify access to schools makes it practically impossible for us to open schools. The first day of classes in San Diego was moved from Monday to Tuesday.

The U.S. Geological Survey reported that an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.1 struck in Ojai in the late afternoon, about 80 miles (130 km) northwest of downtown Los Angeles. There were other aftershocks that were smaller in size. According to a dispatcher with the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office, there were no initial reports of significant damage or injuries.

Hilary has a high possibility of being the wettest known tropical cyclone to drench Nevada, Oregon, and Idaho with once-in-a-century rainfall, and it might also wreak havoc on other Western states. Early on Monday, Hilary was predicted to remain a tropical storm before dissipating across central Nevada.

On Sunday night, Hilary had passed over San Diego and was making her way up north into the desert regions of the interior. Maximum sustained winds of 60 mph (97 kph) occurred at noon.

Although Hilary had decreased from a Category 4 hurricane, Hurricane Centre Director Michael Brennan warned that residents should be most concerned with the water rather than the wind because certain regions might see as much rain in a few hours as they do on average in a year.

During a briefing from Miami, Brennan stated, “You do not want to be out driving around, trying to cross flooded roads on a vehicle or on foot.” “You don’t want to become a statistic,” the warning reads. In the past ten years, rainfall flooding has been the major cause of death during hurricanes and tropical storms in the United States.

Hilary is merely the most recent severe weather event to devastate the United States, Canada, and Mexico. The deadliest U.S. wildfire in more than a century tore through the ancient town of Lahaina on Hawaii’s island of Maui, leaving more than 100 people dead. The worst fire season on record in Canada is being fought by firefighters there.

Ensenada and Tijuana, two Mexican cities, shuttered all of their beaches and created half a dozen shelters at arenas and government buildings.

When a car was swept away in an overflowing torrent on Saturday in the Mexican town of Santa Rosalia, one person perished. According to Mulege Township Mayor Edith Aguilar Villavicencio, four other victims were saved by rescuers.

On the eastern part of the Baja Peninsula near Mulege, where some of the heaviest damage occurred on Saturday, Mexican army forces were dispersed around the area. Bulldozers and dump trucks were employed by soldiers to help clear the streets and roads that had been blocked by tons of rocks and soil the day before by turning them into raging streams.

Emergency personnel were attempting to restore power and reach individuals cut off by the storm, as several power lines had fallen.

Brennan said that rainfall in several locations might range from 3 to 6 inches (7 to 15 cm). Forecasters cautioned that isolated locations might receive up to 10 inches (25 cm) of rain, or a year’s worth of precipitation.

Gavin Newsom, the governor of California, proclaimed a state of emergency. According to the Federal Disaster Management Agency, teams with food, water, and other assistance are standing by, along with officials inside California’s disaster preparedness office.

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