Southern California and the Southwest felt the full force of once Hurricane Hilary on Monday as the storm continued to cause extensive flooding, mud and rock slides, and power outages. Hilary was originally categorized as a Category 4 hurricane before weakening to a tropical storm prior to making landfalls Sunday. The significant storm winds and rains have since been downgraded to a subtropical cyclone.
Victims of the storm in our region included Palm Springs, which saw 3 inches of rain through Sunday evening and is now at the brink of a regional disaster. The National Hurricane Center warned of an imminent threat of catastrophic flooding across the region. Moreover, thousands of people across Southern California have already been without power, and Palm Springs has lost its 911 service.
Palm Springs and others parts of Southern California faced the threat of flash flooding along with landslides and mudslides today after storm Hilary unleashed record-breaking downpours overnight.
This is a massive debris flow in Palm Springspic.twitter.com/W2SAvzBBXu
— Massimo (@Rainmaker1973) August 21, 2023
In the face of this onslaught, the Weather Prediction Center has promised that they will do their best to monitor the storm and highway infrastructure and issue flood watches throughout Southern California, Northwest Arizona, Nevada parts of Utah, Oregon, Idaho, and Washington.
Parts of the Mojave desert are especially vulnerable to flash flooding, and the National Weather Services in Las Vegas had issued a dire warning on Sunday. Fortunately, thanks to the efforts of the National Weather Service, more precise information is available and is helping to prevent potential damage from the storm.
— Daily Mail US (@DailyMail) August 21, 2023
The National Weather Service’s Los Angeles office has reported that Mount Wilson in Angeles National Forest had 8.5 inches of rain before 7am PDT and Beverly Hills had 4.8 inches. Downtown Los Angeles reported near 3 inches. Ventura County has experienced catastrophic flooding, while San Bernardino, Riverside, and also nearby mountains are dangerously at risk of flash flooding. San Bernardino and Riverside counties have reacted appropriately and issued evacuation orders. Orange County has warned its residents and issued evacuation warnings.
One of the most staggaring images was the flooding around Doger’s Stadium where just a few weeks ago honor a trans group that mocked Christians prompting protests.
God will not be mocked https://t.co/oZIDR48aak
— Jack Poso 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) August 21, 2023
— Mrgunsngear (@Mrgunsngear) August 21, 2023