California Sees Flooding And Mudslides Due To Hilary

The Weather Channel reports:

Millions of people braced for more flooding Monday as tropical storm H​ilary continues to bring rain to parts of Southern California. On Sunday, the tropical storm left roads underwater and cars stranded, triggered a rock slide that closed a portion of interstate and prompted a state of emergency for much of the region.

H​ilary was the first tropical storm to cross into California in 26 years. Palm Springs received half its annual rainfall in just a few hours, winds gusted up to 84 mph and residents in many areas were told to stay home.

Flooding may be ongoing for days from Southern California to Montana as rain water makes its way down mountainsides and into rivers, arroyos and urban waterways. In some spots, flooding may actually be worse on

CNN reports:

Continuing rain is expected to cause life-threatening or catastrophic flash, urban and arroyo flooding in some places, including landslides, mudslides and debris flows. Localized flooding is expected into Tuesday morning across northern portions of the Intermountain West.

Flooding, mudslides and downed trees and wires already are widely reported across Southern California. In Palm Springs, 911 lines were down Sunday night as roads turned into rivers. Vehicles hours earlier were seen driving through floodwaters, with their wheels completely submerged.

To the west, Los Angeles and Ventura counties saw “considerable damage” Sunday night amid reports of life-threatening flash flooding, and rock and mudslides, the National Weather Service said, adding up to half an inch of rain could fall per hour.