It’s been 83 years since a tropical cyclone last made landfall in California, and Hurricane Kay won’t end that streak because it won’t make landfall in the Golden State. However, this does not mean that cities such as Los Angeles and San Diego will be spared from the rain and wind impacts of the hurricane.
According to the FOX Forecast Center, Hurricane Kay is expected to bring heavy rain and high winds to Southern California Friday and Saturday as the center of the storm moves away from Mexico’s Baja California and humidity tropical rises northward in the southwestern United States.
Click here for Hurricane Kay’s forecast impacts on the Baja California Peninsula, where hurricane-force winds (at least 75 mph) and torrential rains are likely through Thursday evening.
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How much rain will Hurricane Kay dump on Southern California?
Rainfall amounts between 2 and 4 inches, with isolated totals of up to 6 inches, are possible through Saturday in parts of Southern California.
This amount of rain is likely to produce flash flooding and small stream flooding in some areas, especially near recent burn scars and along the eastern slopes of the Southern California mountains.
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“The bulk of this rain is going to be in the Southern California Ranges and Mountains,” FOX Weather meteorologist Jane Minar said. “San Diego, El Centro, Palm Springs and the Sonoran Desert – that’s where we expect the greatest potential for rain over the next 48 to 72 hours.”
The cities of Los Angeles and San Diego are currently expected to receive between a half inch and an inch of rain, but higher amounts are likely to occur to the east and southeast of these metropolitan areas.
Due to the threat of flooding, flood alerts were issued for parts of the Southern California interior from Friday morning through Saturday evening.
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“It could have a significant impact,” Minar said. “Any humidity is awesome with a tropical cyclone, but when that tropical cyclone moves through an area that’s not normally used to seeing humidity at this level, the rain is beyond awesome, so we really need to pay close attention to this forecast.”
How high will the winds from Hurricane Kay be in Southern California?
Strong winds are expected in Southern California, especially on Friday.
Unfortunately, the strong winds will likely arrive before the heavy rains, which could increase the fire danger in California, which already has nearly a dozen wildfires statewide.
According to the FOX Forecast Center, wind gusts could reach up to 75 to 80 mph in the mountains, with gusts between 55 and 60 mph expected in the valleys. These strong winds will have the potential to down trees and power lines, with the possibility of widespread power outages.
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Hurricane Kay will also generate life-threatening rip currents along Southern California beaches.
Hurricane Kay is also expected to push waves along Southern California beaches by Friday, causing life-threatening rip currents to develop.
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“The Southeast Kay swell is expected to bring 4-6 foot waves, strong rips and strong inshore currents to Southern California beaches Friday through
Sunday,” the National Weather Service of San Diego noted in a discussion of the forecast. “South-facing beaches are expected to be most affected.”