15.04.2024

Landfall in Texas as cyclone Franklin tracks to Dominican Republic

Within hours of Tropical Storm Harold making landfall in Texas, the National Weather Service warned of another cyclone gathering steam right behind it.

Tropical Storm Franklin poses a threat to parts of the Caribbean in the coming 36-48 hours.

On Tuesday afternoon, the Dominican Republic upgraded the Tropical Storm Watch to a Tropical Storm Warning for the entire northern and eastern coast from the Haiti border eastward and southward to Isla Saona.

A parade of tropical storms, with conditions amplified by the climate crisis, has impacted both Atlantic and Pacific regions of the US in a matter of days.

Less than 24 hours after Tropical Storm Hilary wreaked havoc across California and Nevada, another cyclone – Harold – made landfall in southern Texas. The cyclone came ashore on Padre Island at 10am local time on Tuesday with maximum sustained winds of 50mph, according to the National Weather Service. Texas is now facing flash flooding, strong winds and possible tornadoes and multiple watches and alerts have been issued.

Hilary, which caused one death in Mexico, was the first tropical storm to hit California in almost a century and deluged cities including Los Angeles and San Diego before moving north into Nevada.

Crews work to clear mud and debris from California roads after Storm Hilary

Aerial images show rivers of mud in Palm Springs resort town following Tropical Storm Hilary

Torrential mudflows caused by Tropical Storm Hilary have wreaked havoc across southern California, including in the resort town of Cathedral City where the scale of devastation was captured by aerial footage.

Hilary was the first tropical storm to hit California in almost a century and deluged cities including Los Angeles and San Diego before moving north into Nevada.

Officials in Palm Springs, California, announced that the city had been completely cut off by flooding on Monday. Meanwhile in Los Angeles, power outages led to a major hospital being evacuated in the Boyle Heights neighbourhood.

The clean-up was beginning on Tuesday after rivers of mud and torrential downpours swamped communities including a number of resort towns in the Coachella Valley.

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