Tropical Storm Kay breaks heat and rain records across Southern California
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As the remnants of Hurricane Katia barreled across Mexico last week, the U.S. National Weather Service’s latest tropical cyclone report showed that southern California, the hardest hit state, hit its third hurricane-force category five storm in only four days.
In the same report, it was a second day in a row that records were broken for the state’s highest temperature and the third highest rainfall total in a 24-hour period.
In all, the latest tropical storm report showed 10 tropical storms have reached the height of the tropical storm category five category since the start of 2013, the third most of any year on record.
“We were experiencing what is essentially a continuous pattern,” said Mike Halpert, senior forecaster in the NWS National Hurricane Center in Miami. “It was as if there were hurricanes all around us and we were just walking around in and around the storm. That is what we have been getting, and that is how we survived the week.”
The NWS also reported that San Diego County residents had experienced 2.25 inches of precipitation in the last 24 hours, breaking both the 1.93-inch record from the same day and a 1-day record, which was also set in San Diego.
A new record for San Diego, the state’s most populous county, was also set when 8 inches of rain fell in just one hour, according to the National Weather Service.
On Monday, forecasters said, the storm could bring up to 30 inches of rainfall across Southern California and could be a major factor in flooding and mudslides over the Memorial Day holiday period.
On Wednesday, the weather service expected that another rain storm is possible but still predicted that the total rainfall could be between 24 and 30 inches in some locations, with flooding and mudslides likely.
Another storm that could have been the same size and intensity as Hurricane Katia, Tropical Storm Kay, was still on its way to the coast of