The landfall of Hurricane Kay in Mexico on Thursday afternoon triggered flooding concerns not only in that area, but also in parts of California and Arizona.
National Hurricane Center officials said Thursday that hurricane conditions were affecting the peninsula and were expected to last several hours.
At the time of landfall, Kay had sustained winds of 75 mph, making it a Category 1 storm. Tropical storm conditions are expected to spread northward throughout Thursday evening, the center said.
It is expected to rain heavily in southern California on Friday — drenching the normally arid region with several months or a year’s worth of rain.
In addition, as the storm moves north, strong winds could push already record temperatures higher in some areas, rather than providing immediate relief from California’s climate crisis-driven heat wave.
Southwest Arizona may also experience flooding starting Friday, according to the hurricane center.
According to the National Weather Service, Kay will remain a hurricane until it’s around 250 miles from San Diego before weakening as it approaches the US West Coast.
Brandt Maxwell, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in San Diego, said the storm does not have to be strong to be a major concern for Southern California.
A record amount of moisture could be pushed into Southern California and Arizona by Kay as it tracks parallel to the Baja California peninsula through Friday. This has the potential to cause significant flooding. Although the area has been in a mega-drought and needs a lot of water, having that much all at once can be hazardous and disastrous.
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- Hurricane Kay heads to Mexico-U.S. border; wreaks havoc on Mexico’s Pacific coast CBS Los Angeles