Alex Tardy, a veteran meteorologist with the National Weather Service, walked the treacherous, boulder-strewn Whitewater River channel this week and reported on video that Tropical Storm Hilary had unleashed enormous amounts of water on steep mountains throughout the area, not just those that typically receive precipitation. He claimed that because of how quickly and intensely the rain poured, the Whitewater River last night leapt the (Interstate) 10.
The rain also flooded national parks, downtown Los Angeles
In addition to flooding numerous residences around Southern California, the rain also flooded national parks, downtown Los Angeles, roadways, and an elderly care facility where inhabitants were stuck for the whole night. Photographer Taya Gray of the Desert Sun documented how they were saved three at a time in an enormous earthmover bucket, USA Today reports.
The regional fire chief of the rescue noted, “I have never done it in my 34 years as a firefighter.
At least 15 weather-related incidents have already cost more than $1 billion in damage this year
We appear to be lurching from tragedy to calamity this summer. Even before the Maui wildfires and Hurricane Hilary, extreme rainfall, tornadoes, and hail contributed to the record pace for $1 billion disasters in the United States through early August, according to Janet Loehrke and Dinah Voyles Pulver of USA TODAY.
According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, at least 15 weather-related incidents have already cost more than $1 billion in damage this year. As a whole, the disasters cost more than $39.7 billion. According to NOAA’s head scientist Sarah Kapnick, a warming world implies that we must be ready for the effects of climate change that are now taking place, reports from The Hill.