Post-tropical Cyclone Kay unleashes winds and flooding on the west coast

Once-tropical Storm Kay isn’t quite done with southern California.

The remnant of what is now a post-tropical storm is raging in the Pacific Ocean about 150 miles southwest of San Diego. Post-tropical just means a good old-fashioned rainstorm.

Rain remnants from Kay are now turning inland, allowing for more showers on Saturday. As the wind dies down, the rain stays with flood watches through the Golden State and Arizona.

Here are some images capturing Kay’s impact.

Kay is approaching Southern California and Arizona

On Friday, parts of Southern California experienced wind gusts of up to 109 miles per hour measured on Cuyamaca Peak east of San Diego.

Kay’s impact even contributed to a small plane crashing off a runway on the North Island of the Naval Air Station in San Diego.

When Kay hit Mexico’s west coast

On Wednesday and Thursday, Kay roiled the waters off Mexico’s Pacific coast. The video below shows powerful waves rising and crashing on beaches near Mazatlán, Mexico.

Posttropical Cyclone Kay
Post-tropical Cyclone Kay triggered flooding in Southern California.
Posttropical Cyclone Kay
Parts of Arizona were also hit by post-tropical cyclone Kay.
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As Kay churned in the Pacific Ocean, the storm sent heavy rains to cities like Cabo San Lucas on the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja California peninsula. The rain made driving the roads a challenge, as seen from the driver’s perspective below, who is having trouble seeing through his windshield.

High in the sky, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association sent one of their planes to fly through Kay. The plane, dubbed the “Hurricane Chaser,” flew from Biloxi, Mississippi, down into western Mexico waters to intercept and then fly through the hurricane. Post-tropical Cyclone Kay unleashes winds and flooding on the west coast


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