AccuWeather on Friday issued an alert warning of the potential for a “life-threatening, flooding disaster” in the mountains and deserts of Southern California and far southwestern Nevada due to Hurricane Hilary.
In the area, especially east of Palm Springs and north toward Death Valley, 4 to 8 inches of rain is expected, which could easily cause washouts and mudslides, according to AccuWeather.
AccuWeather says rain has the potential to “fall rapidly at times, placing significant stress on infrastructure including interstates and rail lines.” That infrastructure may not be able to handle historic rainfall amounts, in addition to the weather service.
“The impact from Hilary has the potential to be a unique event, one that is unique and unprecedented,” AccuWeather Director of Forecasting Operations Dan DePodwin said in a statement. “Inland in southern California, road closures due to washouts are likely. On the coast, coastal flooding may occur from Los Angeles to San Diego along with strong winds that may cause power outages.
According to AM Best, the top homeowners multiperil insurers in California include:
- State Mountain Group (20.6%)
- Farmers Insurance Group (14.5%)
- CSAA Insurance Group (6.7%)
- Liberty Mutual Insurance Cos. (6.4%)
- Allstate Insurance Group (6.3%)
AccuWeather meteorologists first warned Thursday that Hurricane Hilary is expected to bring heavy rain, flash flooding and strong winds to parts of California, Nevada and Arizona.
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