Parts of Texas were preparing for a tropical storm on Tuesday as California cleaned up after the historic storm system Hilary slammed that state’s southern region.
Tropical Storm Harold is expected to move inland over south Texas by midday Tuesday, threatening to bring heavy rain and flooding to the region, according to an update from the National Hurricane Center.
As of 7am local time, Harold was 70 miles east-south-east of Port Mansfield, Texas, located on the south-east coast of the state.
Harold is expected to bring heavy rain to the Texas coast, forecasters warn. The tropical storm could bring three to five inches of rain in affected areas, with up to seven inches of rain possible for some regions, NBC News reports.
About 1.3 million people are under a tropical storm warning due to Harold, Reuters reported. The warning is in effect from Port O’Connor, Texas, to Sargent, Texas, covering a portion of the state’s south-east coast.
The Texas governor, Greg Abbott, has deployed the state’s national guard, water rescue teams, and other emergency services as Harold is set to arrive, CNN reported.
“Texas stands ready to deploy all available resources to south Texas as tropical storm conditions [affect] the region this week,” Abbott said in a statement, CNN reported.
Several school districts have also delayed or cancelled classes in preparation for Harold, Kris 6 News reports.
Harold comes as California is still cleaning up damage caused by Storm Hilary.
Hilary, southern California’s first tropical storm in 84 years, slammed the US west coast with record amounts of rain and intense winds.
The storm caused flooding and mudslides in California, knocking out power for thousands as flooding downed power lines.
One power outage at a Los Angeles hospital prompted the evacuation of at least 21 patients in critical condition to other facilities, the Associated Press reported.
Those patients were among more than 200 at Adventist Health White Memorial’s specialty care center who were moved to other buildings, officials said in an online alert reviewed by the AP.
The intense flooding and mud wrought by Hilary stranded many people in vehicles. Videos on social media showed cars trapped in flood waters and residents of a motor vehicle waving for help after their RV became submerged in mud.
First responders also rescued dozens of people trapped in Hilary’s flood waters.
At least 12 people at a senior living center were rescued by police after becoming trapped in mud, CNN reported.
Unhoused people in an encampment near the San Diego river were rescued by first responders on Monday as flood waters rose, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported.
No US deaths were caused or attributed to Hilary, Reuters reported.
The storm killed one person in Mexico on Saturday. That person died after being swept away during intense floods.
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