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Tropical storm arrives

By Rafael Almanza

Staff Writer

A tropical storm that originated from Mexico arrived in California on Sunday. As it intensifies, the storm is predicted to approach Baja California from the west-northwest. Due to three factors—atmospheric subsidence, a predominant east-to-west wind pattern, and a chilly ocean current—California does not see many hurricanes. Although these often reliable safety mechanisms have been reduced by an unusual mix of weather patterns and warm Pacific Ocean waters, Hurricane Hilary was still able to form and head toward Southern California. Officials have acknowledged that the tropical storm has been confirmed to be deadly in certain areas of California.

State officials and weather experts are advising citizens to stay in their homes or directing people in certain areas to evacuate out of the hurricane's path. A mandatory evacuation order was issued by the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department for the communities of Oak Glen, Forest Falls, Mountain Home Village, Angelus Oaks, and northeast Yucaipa. In places without a history of precipitation, forecasters warned of "life-threatening" flooding and said high gusts might topple trees and electrical lines. Emergency services are advising people to stay in their homes and off the streets to avoid the flooding unless directed to or made mandatory. Hurricane Hilary grew to be a Category 4 hurricane, but experts claimed it had already been downgraded to a Category 1. Southern California is where the storm is predicted to make landfall after additional weakening.

A lot of individuals started on Friday to get their families ready for the hurricane by stocking up on necessities for the house, such as food and toilet paper. Changing out all of your necessary equipment in case the power in your neighborhood fails is also crucial. It's advisable to

follow local authorities' instructions, particularly those about evacuation orders, road closures, and other official announcements, and to stay informed about the tropical storm. If you enjoy things like reading on rainy days, remember to keep busy!

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