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Hurri-came and went

Mike Ginn
Slight flooding and heavy rain coming down as Hurricane Hilary passes through Southern California.

Hurricane Hilary made landfall in Southern California on Aug. 20 and boy did it disappoint many across the SoCal region.

Hurricane Hilary, later downgraded to a Tropical Storm, was the first tropical cyclone to hit California since 1939.

After weeks of warnings from meteorologists explaining how this storm was going to be powerful and dangerous, it ended up just being another rainy day.

Before the storm hit California, people were warned that they would get battered with 30 to 50-mile-per-hour winds, with heavy rain and potential flooding but to no avail.

Of course, there were areas in the SoCal region that were hit harder than others like the desert cities which saw some flooding but most just saw loads of rain dumped on them.

Some across SoCal were somewhat excited to experience a tropical cyclone for the first time in their lifetime despite all the warnings.

Others seemed to be preparing for the worst by placing sandbags in front of doors and stocking up on non-perishables.

During the storm, many of us SoCal residents were constantly being told that squalls of strong winds and rain were going to hit us eventually after people began to question the severity of the storm, but none came.

After this, we saw many people seemingly mocking the cyclone by surfing at the beaches, riding on floaties in slightly flooded streets, people jumping in their pools, and people cooking on the grills outside like actor and comedian Bert Kreischer.

Los Angeles did see 3.34 inches of rainfall come down which does surpass the average rainfall LA would see in August.

During the storm Los Angeles was hit with a natural disaster they are more familiar with, when they were hit was a 5.1 magnitude earthquake which seemed to frighten some people more than the actual storm.

The aftermath of the storm in the metropolitan areas wasn’t as catastrophic as meteorologists predicted it would be.

Some branches did fall but that would be the full extent of the damage in most of the metropolitan areas in SoCal.

Looking back at the warnings and media coverage of the storm it truly seems like the weather experts overpredicted this storm and caused unnecessary panic among a few people.

Some people were so afraid of what was to come that many were panic buying a day before the storm made landfall.

Thankfully the cyclone was not anywhere nearly as bad as they had predicted it was going to be.

In the future, meteorologists and weather experts should proceed with caution when predicting major weather events that could be life-threatening because we could see another surge of panic buying, which does no one a favor.

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Joel Carpio
Joel Carpio, Managing Editor
Joel Carpio is the Managing, Co-Sports, & Co-Social Media Editor for Talon Marks, he enjoys playing sports, listening to music, and is an avid fan of the Dodgers, Lakers, Rams, Kings, and LAFC. He is planning on transferring to San Diego State University and earn his bachelors degree in Journalism. In the future he wants to be a sports broadcaster.
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    AngelAug 31, 2023 at 11:03 am

    I think this article is very short-sighted, inaccurate, and fails to state other facts about the damage done in SoCal. You fail to mention that the rainfall was so significant in areas of SoCal that it caused great damage. Palm Springs was essentially shut down because of extensive power outages, wind damage, and flooding. I have family in the Encinitas/Rancho Santa Fe area, and the heavily wooded neighborhoods shielding homes sustained significant damage, and some mudslides were reported in that same area near Olivenhain. Grated, it’s not near L.A., but I got the impression from your article that SoCal wasn’t affected at all by this storm when, in fact, it sustained extensive and heavy damage with the center (fka the “eye”) going right over the San Diego area.

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      JacksonAug 31, 2023 at 12:25 pm

      I don’t think you’re reading the article in full, he mentions that there were areas in SoCal that were hit badly and he clearly mentions the desert area. He then focuses on how the metropolitan areas of SoCal weren’t affected as bad.