PHOTO BY: NOAA IMAGE VIEWER, INFRARED IMAGE OF HURRICANE KAY
STORY BY: HAL SAGA
Cypress College students are expected to change their weekend plans with Hurricane Kay rolling into Southern California shortly thereafter a weeklong heat wave.
From September 3rd until September 9th, Southern California was hit with temperatures reaching a high of 110 degrees. People were asked to conserve energy at certain times due to California power grids dying down. Others stayed cool by going outdoors to pools or beaches.
Hurricane Kay arrived on the California coasts on Thursday, causing heat and showers to occur simultaneously due to tropical moisture being released. Rainfall and heavy winds predicted at 80 percent precipitation are in San Diego, Los Angeles, and Orange County cities such as Cypress beginning evening of September 9th.
Students who attended Cypress College have expressed their worries with the heat and rain. “I had plans to go to Universal Studios this weekend. I think the heat will affect how dehydrated we might feel, and we’ll have to try and stay cool while drinking lots of water,” Destiny Castro, former student of Cypress College, said. Castro also said that at Downtown Disney, Anaheim, one of the areas affected by Hurricane Kay, working in the heat outside with rain could affect how many sales are made due to less customers in attendance passing by.
Other students were indifferent about the hurricane. Christopher Velasco, a 4th year in the Cybersecurity program, said, “I’m not too bothered by the weather. If my original plans to go to work are canceled on Saturday, then I can go back home and catch up on everything I’m missing out on.“ Veslaco proceeded to speak about how he could spend time doing homework and video games if he is forced to go back home because of the rain.
Hurricane Kay is expected to cause a high of 99 degrees on Friday with 40% precipitation, and a drop to 82 degrees with 70 percent precipitation on Saturday in Cypress. Students and residents should take precaution to stay cool during this time and change plans accordingly.