Tropical Storm Kay could bring flooding to Southern California after days-long heat wave leads to wildfires in the state, officials said.
The storm, which is currently in the central Atlantic Ocean, has already produced wind gusts over 60 miles per hour with torrential rains and flooding in portions of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, the National Hurricane Center said on Sunday.
Tropical Storm Kay was forecast to move very slowly over the warm waters of the Atlantic Ocean before making landfall in the southeastern Bahamas on Tuesday.
The storm was forecast to bring a lot of rain to the Caribbean in its trek northward. According to the National Hurricane Center, Tropical Storm Kay was expected to deliver up to nine inches of rain to the Leeward Islands, while it may produce 10 inches when it hits the Bahamas.
SUMMER: A record heat wave has set in the South West.
As of Sunday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said more than 5,000 record-breaking days were set this year across all 50 states.
The previous record for days hotter than 100 was set in 2012, when the contiguous U.S. experienced 11 days above the record high of the century.
“There are so many examples like this that you see in the year-end issue of the magazine,” said meteorologist Ryan Maue of the Weather Underground’s “Weather Underground” blog. “A record hot month in the central plains of Texas, the record heat in the Pacific Northwest like we had last month now we’ve got record heat in Puerto Rico, record heat in the northern midwest, record heat in the Upper Great Lakes, record heat in the eastern states.
“Those are not anomalies, those are facts. You’re not going to see anywhere else around the nation like this.”