A rare tropical storm, downgraded from a Category 1 hurricane last Friday, has hit the Southwest.
First impacting northern Mexico, the storm moved into California on Monday and is expected to impact Nevada within 24 hours.
State leaders in Nevada responded to the potential danger by declaring a state of emergency.
“Severe thunderstorms, strong winds, and potential flash floods are expected to impact the region,” the official statement reads.
The severity of tropical storm Hilary is difficult to predict. Desiring to err on the side of caution, authorities have advised residents to brace for the worst.
Climate change advocates are making much of the rare storm and recent fires in Maui, though most view recent weather as falling under the umbrella of normal weather cycle events.
Gov. Lombardo announced: “Our priority is the safety of our residents!”
“Today, I am declaring a state of emergency due to the imminent impact of Hurricane Hilary across the state. My administration will continue to work diligently with state, federal, tribal, and local partners in preparation and response to this severe weather event.”
Lombardo added: “Hurricane Hilary represents a serious threat to our communities, and once again, I implore all Nevadans to prepare for flooding, remain vigilant, and follow all guidance from state and local emergency officials.”
The Hill reported that the governor’s declaration allows the state and impacted communities to receive federal assistance as officials work to protect residents and mitigate infrastructure damage from the storm.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency also has deployed its staff to the state to help with its response, KTVN reported.
Local business owner, Jane Martell expressed her concern, saying, “I’ve seen what Mother Nature can do. I’ve doubled down on preparations and am urging my community to do the same.”
The Epoch Times reported that meteorologist Dr. Ronald Fields said: “The intensity and unpredictability of this storm are unusual for this time of year,” inferring that forecasting what was likely to occur was difficult.
Reaction to Lombardo’s declaration of emergency has been mixed. Time will tell if the early declaration was warranted.
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