The governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis, has now reportedly offered to help his Democratic opponent, Gov. Gavin Newsom, with storm relief and preparations as Hurricane Hilary is expected to hit Southern California this weekend.
“Hurricane Hilary is approaching Southern California and is projected to make landfall as a tropical storm. In Florida, we know how challenging storms can be and have significant experience responding in their wake — we stand ready to help the people of California in any way we can.” DeSantis posted on the X platform.
In an effort to get ready for the storm’s approach, California has issued its first-ever Tropical Storm Watch. As a year’s worth of rain is dumped on the state in just a few days, more than 14 million Americans will for the first time face catastrophic, life-threatening floods.
The warning encompasses San Diego’s coastal region and extends from Los Angeles to the border with Mexico.
In the Pacific Ocean, the storm quickly grew stronger, going from a tropical storm to a powerful Category 4 hurricane in less than 48 hours.
On Sunday and Monday, California will experience the worst of the torrential rain, however it is anticipated that it will lessen once it reaches the Mexican shore.
Californians are urged by Newsom to exercise caution, be ready for water and power disruptions, and pay attention to local authorities in order to be safe.
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