- Devastating images of the aftermath of Tropical Storm Hilary.
- California recovers after the storm.
- There were many downed trees.
A shocking series of images shows the devastating aftermath of Tropical Storm Hilary in California.
Hillary, the first tropical storm to hit this region in 84 years, wreaked havoc by sweeping people into flooded rivers.
Similarly, Hilary toppled tress and submerged roads.
This weather system moved northward on Monday, August 21, generating flood watches and warnings in more than half a dozen states.
Images of Hilary’s aftermath in California
The Miami-based National Hurricane Center reported that Hilary has lost much of its strength and only remnants of the storm remain.
However, authorities warn that «catastrophic and life-threatening flooding in local areas» is anticipated in the southwestern United States.
The storm made landfall as a hurricane, killing at least one person and unleashing widespread flooding.
As Hilary progressed, it weakened to become a tropical storm, but its destructive power did not diminish, the images show how it was lived in California.
Hilary leaves a terrible mess
On Sunday, California witnessed a series of potentially catastrophic natural events.
In addition to the storm, there were tornado watches, wildfires broke out and a moderate earthquake struck North Los Angeles.
The images that emerge from the affected areas are truly heartbreaking, showing wrecked homes and shattered lives.
Houses can be seen partially submerged under the raging waters, while centuries-old trees lie toppled on roofs and streets.
Chaos in the wake of the storm
The rivers, which used to flow peacefully, have now become unstoppable torrents that carry everything in their path with them.
Similarly, flooded roads resemble rivers, and residents scramble to salvage belongings and find refuge amid the chaos.
For their part, emergency response teams have been working tirelessly to rescue those trapped in the flash floods.
Shelters have been set up to accommodate those who have lost their homes and belongings in the midst of the catastrophe.
Support from the authorities
Local and state authorities are working together to coordinate relief efforts and ensure support is provided to those who need it most.
In the mountain community of Oak Glen, Brooke Horspool helped excavate a house surrounded by about four feet of mud to free a couple.
Amid the storm in Palm Desert, a eucalyptus tree, that was more than 100 feet tall, fell on a condominium across the street.
It was later revealed that it landed on an 11-year-old boy’s bed. Fortunately, he was in another room and was not injured after Hilary’s impact.
US affected by severe weather
Although Hilary has lost strength and is moving on, the havoc that it has left in its path has been severe and has affected thousands.
Communities will face a long and arduous task of recovery in the coming days, weeks and even months, according to The Associated Press.
After Hilary’s passage through California, reconstructing homes, cleaning flooded areas and restoring of infrastructure will be monumental challenges.
This event underscores the importance of being prepared for extremes weather and having solid emergency plans.