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By Collin Breaux

As if a heat wave wasn’t enough, the California coast will now have to deal with Tropical Storm Kay.

The extreme weather event is expected to bring rain and wind gusts to Southern California.

“Flash, urban and small stream flooding is likely across Southern California beginning today, especially in and near the peninsular ranges,” the National Weather Service said in an update posted Friday, Sept. 9. “Tropical storm conditions are occurring over portions of the Baja California peninsula, and these conditions extend all the way to the northern Gulf of California coastline, where a Tropical Storm Warning is in effect.”

Strong wind fields not directly associated with Kay’s core wind field are occurring across portions of Southern California, the NWS said.

In a recorded news brief posted via Twitter, NWS meteorologist Sarah Rogowski said Kay won’t make landfall in California. “Strong” wind gusts of 60 miles per hour are possible, Rogowski said.

NWS San Diego reported Friday morning that “heavy bands of rain” were beginning to push through San Diego County and would push northward into the afternoon.

OC Public Works said Thursday that rainfall is expected in Orange County on Friday and Saturday.

“OC Public Works will have crews closely monitoring conditions along canyon slopes and roadways, as mud and debris flows are possible during heavy rainfall,” OC Public Works said.

Staying out of creeks and riverbeds during rainstorms and signing up for emergency notifications through are recommended safety tips.

The approaching storm comes amid a week of high temperatures across Southern California, as the region was placed under an excessive heat advisory just ahead of this past Labor Day weekend.

Southern California cities are expected to get a bit of relief from the intense heat wave starting late Friday night, when the Weather Service’s advisory is scheduled to end.

The heat wave has prompted statewide flex alerts, encouraging Californians to voluntarily reduce their energy use to avoid power outages. For the 10th consecutive day, the California Independent System Operator issued another flex alert on Friday, effective from 4-9 p.m.  

Shawn Raymundo contributed to this report.

Collin Breaux

Collin Breaux covers San Juan Capistrano and other South Orange County news as the City Editor for The Capistrano Dispatch. Before moving to California, he covered Hurricane Michael, politics and education in Panama City, Florida. He can be reached by email at                         

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