Communities, Infrastructure Damaged as California Faces Heat and Rains

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Damage to life and property is caused in the southern region of California by a tropical storm. On Friday, there were significant raindrops and strong gusts, which may have caused flooding and damaged power lines. In contrast, the areas hit by the heat wave were relieved of the extreme temperatures they had experienced for more than ten days.

According to the National Weather Service, Hurricane Kay landed in Baja California Sur on Thursday. Thankfully, the hurricane began to lose strength as soon as it made landfall. But the tropical storm had winds of around 109 mph (175 kph).

Firefighters expressed worry that the hurricane impacting Southern California could produce strong winds that might fuel the Fairview fire, which is located 121 kilometers southeast of Los Angeles. However, the team managed to restrict the fire and said that by Monday, the blaze would be completely under control. Thousands of people are still sheltered inside evacuation centers, and the fire has damaged over 10,000 homes and other buildings.

A heat wave that caused temperatures to rise to nearly 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 degrees Celsius) in the area was followed by the storm, which happened at a perfect time. Unfortunately, the oppressive heat also had an adverse effect on San Diego. On another note, the hurricane arrived and temporarily relieved the people’s discomfort from the heat.

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“The heat was killer, so for now, this feels good. I just hope the water doesn’t get too high. But I will rough it. I’ve got pallets I can put underneath to keep out the rain.”

However, despite the rain’s comfort, locals are conscious that excessive rains might bring dangers. For instance, a twin-engine aircraft slipped beyond the runway when it landed at the Naval Air Station North Island in Colorado. Due to the damage to the plane, the two pilots on board had to be brought to the hospital for observation.

It rained lightly in a few places in Southern California, but there was a risk of severe downpours throughout the weekend. If the rains continue, experts say there is a strong likelihood of flooding. In addition, if the sea level rises to the usual level, residents of coastal villages and low-lying homes have been urged to prepare for potential evacuation plans.

 

Before the storm was the heat

The warmest September on record was experienced in Western states, including California. The heat waves that were seen there lasted the longest. As a result, the phenomena put pressure on the energy infrastructure, raising costs. This week, severe heat advisories and warnings were issued for a number of areas with a combined population of more than 54 million people.

Sacramento, the state capital of California, saw its hottest temperature in nearly 79 years last Tuesday, reaching a high of 116 degrees Fahrenheit or 46.7 degrees Celsius. While this was happening, Salt Lake City also experienced temperature increases that reached 41.6 degrees Celsius, or 107 degrees Fahrenheit.

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More damage caused by the phenomenon

The high heat and rain have harmed numerous infrastructures throughout dozens of states, but electricity networks have been seriously hit. As the temperature rises, businesses and homes must raise the capacity of their air conditioning systems to combat the oppressive heat outdoors. Power demand and consumption increased as a result, and the inability of the power systems to handle the demand resulted in blackouts.

Scientists claim that Western nations have been warmer and drier in only the past 30 years as a result of climate change. The situation simply increases the potential for fiercer and more devastating wildfires. In fact, California had the most damaging wildfire in its history within the course of only five years.

For example, the Mosquito Fire in eastern Sacramento has doubled its size, engulfing 46 square miles (119 square kilometers) of land and endangering more than 3,600 residences in El Dorado and Placer counties.

Source: NPR


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Reggie Whitehead

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