Kay delivers heavy rain, strong winds; Bathers rescued

Parts of Southern California are feeling the effects of former Tropical Storm Kay as several trees were toppled by high winds and persistent rains increased the likelihood of flooding.

As forecasters had predicted, the storm becomes less organized as it weakens, and although it turned back towards the Pacific Ocean before crossing the US-Mexico border, Kay – now a post cyclone -tropical – brought much needed rain. towards the southwest.

It was expected to weaken to a remnant low by Saturday morning as it moved away from land.

Friday night Kay had maximum sustained winds of 40 mph with gusts strong enough to knock down trees, as seen in Norwalk. Crews worked quickly to cut down the tree so the blocked street could be reopened.

A huge tree fell in Norwalk amid Tropical Storm Kay on Sept. 9, 2022. (KTLA)

The storm also toppled trees in Florence-Firestone and Cerritos.

Rescued swimmers

The National Weather Service also issued a coastal flood advisory and a high surf advisory for Catalina and the Santa Barbara Islands, where 5-9 foot waves were expected along with dangerous rip currents.

These dangerous currents were clearly visible in Venice, where lifeguards rescued at least 11 swimmers caught in the rip currents.

“Rescuers here in Venice, we’re moving fast,” said Los Angeles County Fire Department lifeguard captain Spencer Parker.

Long Beach Straps for Kay

The City of Long Beach prepares for high tides and possible high swells by fortifying the peninsula’s berms.

“The tide has crested and the peninsula berm has eroded significantly,” the city’s fire department said late Thursday.

Sandbags and sand are available in the parking lot at 72nd Place and Ocean Boulevard, as well as at Station 7, 2295 Elm St.; Station 12, 1199, boul. Artesia; Station 13, 2475 Adriatic Avenue; and Station 14, 5200 Eliot St.

Watches and warnings in the Los Angeles area

Sandless sandbags are available at all other fire stations.

“Sand and sandbags are only available to residents of Long Beach. Residents are required to bring their IDs to pick up a maximum of 10 bags. Residents are advised to bring their own shovel and/or tool when collecting sand. It is recommended that people who need specific assistance filling sandbags meet the Claremont lot for additional support. It is illegal to pick up sand from beaches,” city officials said.

On Friday evening, firefighters described the flooding as light, with no damage reported.

Radar of Tropical Storm Kay at 6:30 p.m. in the Pacific on September 9, 2022

Bernard P. Love