California, already ravaged by flames, threatened by floods and mudslides

Storm Kay will bring heavy rains to California and Arizona. Before that, its strong winds will probably fan the fire called “Fairview fire”.

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Water after the flames. Firefighters fighting a major fire on the outskirts of Los Angeles (California) are preparing to face a new danger: they anticipate, Friday, September 9, floods and mudslides that could trigger a tropical storm coming from Mexico.

Downgraded from the hurricane category by the time it made landfall in Mexico on Thursday, Storm Kay then tracked north. According to the US weather services, more than 18 centimeters of precipitation could fall, increasing the risk of flooding and mudslides in areas where scorched earth will not be able to absorb runoff.

Before these heavy rains, storm Kay is likely to generate strong winds likely to fan the fire called fairview fire, authorities warned. Some 9,700 hectares have already been destroyed by the fire which broke out on Monday, in the midst of an extreme heat wave, and which continues to spread under the effect “extreme winds” descended from nearby mountains, authorities said.

The area to be evacuated has once again been enlarged, and now concerns more than 20,000 people. The authorities went door to door asking the most reluctant residents to leave the premises in order to take shelter.

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