Hilary leaves a wet trail in its wake


As the remnants from Tropical Storm Hilary wandered north out of Southern California, downgraded to a post tropical storm, it left behind a very wet and spotted trail of effects. And the climate-change fueled possibility, albeit rare, of a blueprint for future storms to follow. The extremely rare-for-summer storm was a Category 4 Hurricane when it blasted into Baja, Mexico, but downgraded to Tropical Storm status by the time it crossed into California. Hilary brought heavy rains but not much wind into Orange County and coastal areas. Despite scattered mudslides and debris flows, several collapsed and flooded roads, and falling…

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