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Tropical Storm Hilary drenches deserts, floods roadways in California

Hilary, the first tropical storm to hit Southern California in 84 years, swept people into swollen rivers, toppled trees onto homes and flooded roadways as the massive system marched northward Monday, prompting flood watches and warnings in more than a half dozen states.
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Hilary, the first tropical storm to hit Southern California in 84 years, swept people into swollen rivers, toppled trees onto homes and flooded roadways as the massive system marched northward Monday, prompting flood watches and warnings in more than a half dozen states.
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A person sits with umbrellas while watching surfers at Venice Beach, Sunday, Aug. 20, in Los Angeles. Tropical Storm Hilary swirled northward Sunday just off the coast of Mexico's Baja California peninsula, no longer a hurricane but still carrying so much rain that forecasters said "catastrophic and life-threatening" flooding is likely across a broad region of the southwestern U.S.
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A man walks past empty vendor stands on Venice Beach, Sunday, Aug. 20, in Los Angeles. Tropical Storm Hilary swirled northward Sunday just off the coast of Mexico's Baja California peninsula, no longer a hurricane but still carrying so much rain that forecasters said "catastrophic and life-threatening" flooding is likely across a broad region of the southwestern U.S.
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Pedestrians with umbrellas shield themselves from wind and rain on Hollywood Boulevard during Tropical Storm Hilary, Sunday, Aug. 20, in Los Angeles.
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Maura Taura surveys the damaged cause by a downed tree outside her home after Tropical Storm Hilary went through Monday, Aug. 21, in Sun Valley, Calif.
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A toppled tree from the tropical storm covers a car in Los Angeles on Monday, Aug. 21. Tropical Storm Hilary drenched Southern California from the coast to the desert resort city of Palm Springs and inland mountains, forcing rescuers to pull several people from swollen rivers.
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In this Monday, Aug. 21, 9:03am ET satellite image provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Tropical Storm Franklin moves south of Hispaniola island. Earlier Monday, there were three tropical storms swirling through the Caribbean and Atlantic Ocean. One of those storms, Emily, dissipated late Monday morning, and another storm, Gert, was expected to do the same.
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A woman walks along the beach after the passing of Tropical Storm Hilary, Monday, Aug. 21, in San Diego.
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A television reporter stands in a flooded road after the passing of Tropical Storm Hilary, Monday, Aug. 21, in San Diego.
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Cars are seen stuck in the mud on a street Monday, Aug. 21, in Cathedral City, Calif. Forecasters said Tropical Storm Hilary was the first tropical storm to hit Southern California in 84 years, bringing the potential for flash floods, mudslides, isolated tornadoes, high winds and power outages.
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Dorian Padilla sits in his car as he waits for a tow after it got stuck in the mud on a street Monday, Aug. 21, in Cathedral City, Calif.
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Dorian Padilla stands at his car as he waits for a tow after it got stuck in the mud on a street Monday, Aug. 21, in Cathedral City, Calif. Forecasters said Tropical Storm Hilary was the first tropical storm to hit Southern California in 84 years, bringing the potential for flash floods, mudslides, isolated tornadoes, high winds and power outages.
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Dorian Padilla sits in his car as he waits for a tow after it got stuck in the mud on a street Monday, Aug. 21, in Cathedral City, Calif. Forecasters said Tropical Storm Hilary was the first tropical storm to hit Southern California in 84 years, bringing the potential for flash floods, mudslides, isolated tornadoes, high winds and power outages.
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Terry and Jack Flanigan walk their dogs past a eucalyptus tree that fell on a house Monday, Aug. 21, in Palm Desert, Calif. Tropical Storm Hilary drenched Southern California from the coast to the desert resort city of Palm Springs, forcing rescuers to pull several people from swollen rivers, before heading east and flooding a county about 40 miles outside of Las Vegas.
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A woman walks her dog past a eucalyptus tree that fell on a house Monday, Aug. 21, in Palm Desert, Calif. Tropical Storm Hilary drenched Southern California from the coast to the desert resort city of Palm Springs, forcing rescuers to pull several people from swollen rivers, before heading east and flooding a county about 40 miles outside of Las Vegas.
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Resident Robbie Law uses a tractor to clear a neighbor's driveway in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Hilary Monday, Aug. 21, in Yucaipa, Calif.
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Residents walk outside of their neighbor's mud-filled home in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Hilary Monday, Aug. 21, in Yucaipa, Calif.
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Mud and water flow through a crack off the side of the road in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Hilary, Monday, Aug. 21, in Yucaipa, Calif.
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Members of Cal Fire Pilot Rock 6 crew, out of Crestline, Calif., clear mud off the side of the road in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Hilary, Monday, Aug. 21, in Yucaipa, Calif.
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Members of Cal Fire Pilot Rock 6 crew out of Crestline, Calif., clear mud off the side of the road in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Hilary Monday, Aug. 21, in Yucaipa, Calif.

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