Tropical Storm Hillary, which formed 470 miles off the coast of Manzanillo, Mexico, intensified into a hurricane on Thursday, and could bring heavy rains, large waves and flash floods to areas of California and the Southwest, where such storms rarely occur. It rains. to forecasters.

“Confidence continues to increase for the development and focus of a significant heavy rainfall/high-impact event expected to occur across parts of the Southwest and California from Saturday through at least Monday,” the National Weather Service said. Said Thursday. ,

a storm that’s already over Sustained winds of 85 mphIt is expected to continue moving north parallel to Baja California, potentially intensifying into a major Category 3 or higher hurricane by late Thursday and making landfall in Mexico on Sunday.

Tropical Storm Hillary shown on weather-tracking system off the coast of Mexico

(National Weather Service)

As the storm continues north, it may weaken as it moves into cooler waters, although remnants of the storm over California and the Southwest are also considered an “extremely rare” and potentially dangerous event for the region. will represent Stephanie Sullivan, a National Weather Service (NWS) forecaster, told the new York Times,

California could get 5 to 6 inches of rain, and rain in the state’s inland deserts Normal annual rainfall in just 48 hoursWhile waves can reach up to 4 to 7 feet at the beaches, life-threatening currents can occur as well.

“I’m not saying it will be a Category 1 hurricane, but it will be very close when it hits Southern California from late Sunday night into Monday.” According to KTLA meteorologist Henry DiCarlo, “When it moves towards the coast it will rain a lot. Not only for desert areas, but for all of us in Southern California.”

Such a storm is rarely seen in the state.

One of the last major tropical storms to hit California in 1939 swept away homes in Southern California and killed 48 people,

parts of mexico even on noticeIncluding the popular resort town of Cabo San Lucas.

According to the NWS, as the storm continues into the western US, 4 to 7 inches of rain could fall in southern Nevada, while parts of western Arizona could see 2 to 4 inches of rain.

Heavy rainfall can cause flash floods in arid areas currently experiencing drought.

storm getting strongerAccording to scientists, the likelihood of major events due to the climate crisis is increasing.

Recent strong winds from Hurricane Dora Devastating wildfires escalate on Maui,

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