Kay weakens even more, no longer a tropical storm

While Hurricane Kay is expected to slow down and deviate away from Southern California, the very first effects of this storm may arrive in Los Angeles as early as Thursday.

Right now, Kay is a formidable category 2 hurricane with sustained winds reaching speeds of 105 mph. It has prompted a hurricane warning in the west side of Central Baja California, tropical storm warnings for the entire east coast of Baja California, and a tropical storm watch from northern Baja California to the U.S.-Mexico border.

It is not expected to remain a hurricane as it approaches Southern California. In fact, it is expected to slow down and turn left out toward the Pacific Ocean as it rounds its initial approach. However, the positioning of the storm may place Southern California in the right front quadrant which typically experiences significant rainfall and brings the potential of severe weather. 

The heavy rain brings the possibility of heavy rain and the potential for flash floods throughout Los Angeles County, Orange County and parts of the Inland Empire. 

Beaches between Orange County and the Palos Verdes Peninsula may get waves between 5 to 6 feet which can create dangerous rip currents making swimming in those areas, particularly dangerous.

While Kay is expected to arrive on Thursday, the brunt of the system will happen on Friday and Saturday. Sunday brings the possibility of more rounds of clouds, showers and storms. The storm is expected to lighten up around Monday creating a chance to usher in autumn weather with cooler and quieter conditions. 

As of now, Kay is not expected to make landfall in Southern California as a tropical storm. The last tropical storm to directly hit California was on Sept. 25, 1939. Within that month four tropical storms impacted Southern California. 

A tremendous heat wave, that broiled Southern California for days, led up to the onslaught of tropical storms.

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