The National Hurricane Center has issued a warning for
catastrophic and life-threatening flooding.
Heavy rainfall in association with Hilary is expected across the Southwestern United States, peaking on Sunday.”
Rainfall from 3 to 6 inches, with isolated amounts of 10 inches, are forecast across portions of Southern California and southern Nevada.
Hilary has weakened to a Category 1 storm with maximum sustained winds of 85 mph, according to the latest updates from the National Hurricane Center.
The storm’s forward speed has increased to 21 miles per hour as it moves north-northwest toward San Diego.
The Hurricane Center said in an update late yesterday,
The center of Hilary will move close to the west-central coast of the Baja California Peninsula (Saturday night) and Sunday morning, then move across southern California Sunday afternoon.”
- A Level 4 threat on Sunday remains in place across portions of Southern California’s deserts, which are very susceptible to flash flooding.
- A flood watch will go into effect for most of the state of Nevada at 11 am PT (2 PM, ET) Saturday.
- LA County is preparing for potential heavy rain and flooding.
If Hilary makes landfall in California as a tropical storm, it will be the first such storm there in nearly 80 years.
Track the storm on CNN here.
Hurricane Hilary, a powerful Category 3 hurricane, was charging through the Pacific Ocean on Saturday heading toward Mexico and the United States, where it could cause heavy rain and dangerous flooding even after weakening. https://t.co/QISr8iTiX6— The New York Times (@nytimes) August 19, 2023