News Update


Flooding caused by Hurricane Hilary shuts off Palm Springs, California.

Tropical Storm Hilary, which has caused life-threatening flooding in California, has also blocked off the state’s desert enclave of Palm Springs.

Major highways in and out of Palm Springs were blocked as of Monday morning due to floods after 3.18in (8cm) of rain fell.

Rescuers have also had to pull numerous individuals from flooded waterways.

The storm is currently moving north, into Nevada, where officials are bracing for additional record rainfall.

The US National Hurricane Center reported that Hurricane Hilary made landfall in the northern section of Mexico’s Baja California peninsula around 11:00 a.m. local time (18:00 GMT) on Sunday.

The storm swiftly traveled into the United States, soaking numerous desert communities.

According to officials, emergency 911 lines were down in Palm Springs, a town approximately 110 miles (175 kilometers) east of Los Angeles, as well as adjacent Cathedral City and Indio.

Residents are directed to a non-emergency phone number.

“Right now, all of our roads are flooded.” There is no route in or out of Palm Springs, nor is there any way out of the Coachella Valley. “We’re all stuck,” Palm Springs Mayor Grace Garner said in a CNN interview on Monday.

“We are currently in a very extreme situation.”

So yet, no deaths or serious injuries have been reported in the United States as a result of the storm.

On Sunday, a man was killed in a flash flood in Mexico. On Sunday, the Baja California peninsula had heavy rain and winds of up to 70 mph (119 km/h).

According to the National Weather Service, the storm set a record for single-day rainfall in San Diego, Palm Springs, and numerous other California towns.

“As a native San Diegan, I can tell you that I’ve never experienced anything quite like this,” the city’s mayor told CBS on Monday.

According to poweroutage.us, around 50,000 individuals in the state were without power as of Monday AM local time.

During the heaviest rains on Sunday, many Palm Springs residents spent hours cleaning water out of entrances to save their houses from flooding, according to resident Sean Heslin.


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