Tropical Storm Hilary does Hurricane-Like Damages

Tropical Storm Hilary does Hurricane-Like Damages

Hurricane Hilary was Category 4 while spinning close to the West Coast of Mexico and California. When the storm hit land, Hurricane Hilary became Tropical Storm Hilary.

Hurricane or tropical storm definitions don’t really matter to the people impacted by the storm. It dumped bucket-loads of rain into California and Nevada and then went on into the Northern Rockies.

Accuweather Chief Meteorologist Jonathan Porter said the storm wiped out bridges and tore up roads, and flooded homes and cars.

“As Hilary’s rain moved into the U.S, the storm was moving along swiftly at 20 mph or greater though still produced widespread heavy rain and associated flash flooding, especially in the mountains and the deserts,” Porter said. “Had the storm been moving along at a more typical forward speed for tropical storms, such as 10-12 mph, rainfall could have been much worse than it was, with even more severe impacts.”

Even though AccuWeather is predicting $7 billion to $9 billion or more in damages, Porter’s statement turns out to be a blessing for those impacted by the storm. It moved quickly enough to reduce the damages.

Source link: Insurance Journal —

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