Tropical Storm Hilary has caused life-threatening floods, with Palm Springs experiencing 911 outages amid flooding...
Several regions of California are experiencing outages due to widespread flooding caused by Tropical Storm Hilary. According to reports by The Independent, Palm Springs had a 911 outage last night due to severe flooding. It's also worth noting that flooding has been reported near Ventura, Los Angeles, and several other places in California.
"911 lines are currently down," according to a social media post by the City of Palm Springs. "Please call (760) 327-1441 for any police or fire related matter. Frontier Communications is working on the problem, but at this time there is no estimated time for repair."
The Governor of California, Gavin Newsom, has issued a state of emergency as Tropical Storm Hilary poses a threat to life. He also deployed thousands of National Guard troops to protect communities in California from the impacts of flooding.
"California has thousands of people on the ground working hand-in-hand with federal and local personnel to support communities," Newsom said. "We’re mobilizing all of government as we respond to this unprecedented storm.”
Governor Gavin Newsom also urged Californians to prepare for possible power outages as tropical storm Hilary wreaks havoc across the United States. According to The California Governor's Office of Emergency Services, you should take inventory of items in your home that rely on electricity:
- Plan for batteries and other alternative power sources to meet your needs when the power goes out, such as a portable charger or power bank.
- Have flashlights for every household member.
- Determine whether your home phone will work in a power outage and how long battery backup will last.
- If possible, keep vehicles fully gassed and have cash on hand if ATM’s are unavailable.
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