Storm Hilary: US South-west Pummeled as Baja California Peninsula Soaked
Tropical storm Hilary is set to cause "catastrophic" flooding in the United States Southwest, following heavy rains in Mexico.
Tropical Storm Hilary has brought heavy rains to the Baja California peninsula in Mexico and is now heading towards the United States Southwest. Forecasters have warned that the storm could cause life-threatening and "catastrophic" flooding due to historically large amounts of rainfall. Flash flooding has already been reported in Mexico, with roads being swept away and city streets turning into rivers. One person has died as a result. In addition to the storm, a magnitude 5.1 earthquake hit Southern California, causing further concerns for residents. Despite this, there have been no immediate reports of damage or injury. However, heavy rains and strong winds have already caused chaos on roads in southern California, leading to flight cancellations and evacuations. The storm is expected to be the wettest ever to hit the US Southwest, with areas that are usually dry receiving significant amounts of rainfall. The National Hurricane Center has warned of storm surges and the potential for coastal flooding.