My plan was to do the Long Beach Flea Market on Sunday rain or shine. Frankly, I could use the money. Years ago when we got our start at the flea markets, we had some notable Rose Bowl days in the rain. But this storm seems a bit different.
Concern is growing Hurricane Hilary will unleash a prolific amount of flooding rainfall on the southwestern US and parts of California as it makes a rare move over the region Sunday and into early next week, triggering the first ever tropical storm watch for California.
Hilary could dump more than a year’s worth of rain in parts of three states: California, Nevada and Arizona. Because of the threat, parts of California face a rare high risk for excessive rainfall. This Level 4 of 4 threat is the first to ever be issued for this part of Southern California.
Hilary was a powerful Category 4 hurricane churning about 400 miles south of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, Friday morning with sustained winds of 145 mph with stronger gusts, the National Hurricane Center said.
Fueled by extremely warm waters, Hilary’s maximum sustained winds have increased by 75 mph in 24 hours, more than double the rate defined as rapid intensification.
The rain is supposed to start here in Fallbrook midday tomorrow and not let up until Monday afternoon. It is one thing to work in intermittent or light rain and another to work in heavy rain and potential seventy five mph winds.
Of course antique pickers and clients are crazy people. Somebody will probably go out and have a great day, score something incredible. But it won't be me, I am afraid.
Being able to see such a large eye on the satellite photos is not a good sign, according to meteorologists. The cone is wide and I expect that the effects will be severe. Stock up on water, candles, flashlight batteries and provisions and travel as little as possible. Just in case.
The storm dropped heavy rain in California, with 5.66 inches (144 mm) falling in Los Angeles (5.24 inches or 133 millimetres in 24 hours) and 11.60 inches (295 mm) recorded at Mount Wilson, both September records. Over three hours, one thunderstorm dropped nearly 7 inches (180 mm) of rain on Indio. 9.65 inches (245 mm) fell on Raywood Flat, and 1.51 inches (38 mm) on Palm Springs. 4.83 inches (123 mm) fell on Pasadena, a September record at the time. At the Citrus Belt near Anaheim, at least 4.63 inches (118 mm) of rain fell. The 11.60 inches (295 mm) at Mount Wilson is one of California's highest rainfall amounts from a tropical cyclone, although at least one system has a higher point maximum. The rains caused a flood 2 to 4 feet (0.6 to 1.2 m) deep in the Coachella Valley with heavy rain immediately preceding the tropical storm dropping 6.45 inches (164 mm) the day before the storm hit. The Los Angeles River, which was usually low during September, became a raging torrent.
With heavy rain immediately preceding the tropical storm, flooding killed 45 in Southern California. At sea, 48 were killed. However, the National Hurricane Center only attributes 45 deaths to this system. Six people caught on beaches drowned during the storm. Most other deaths were at sea. Twenty-four died aboard a vessel called the Spray as it attempted to dock at Point Mugu. The two survivors, a man and a woman, swam ashore and then walked five miles (8 km) to Oxnard. Fifteen people from Ventura drowned aboard a fishing boat named Lur. Many other vessels were sunk, capsized, or blown ashore.
Here is a picture of Long Beach in the 1939 storm.
|1858 hurricane - wind speeds not indicated|
Three schooners in the water offshore were damaged in the storm. Bear in mind that in 1860, the total population was 731. If the same storm happened today the effects and damage would be in the billions of dollars, not to mention human losses.
And as we have seen repeatedly, if an event happens once in a region, it can certainly happen again, whether it be a fire, hurricane, flood or earthquake.
Of course, we have also seen people get all riled up and killer storms fizzle out and amount to nothing. Let's hope nobody gets hurt too badly with this one. But get ready.
Where to get sandbags.