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Tropical Storm Hilary live: Magnitude 5.0 earthquake hits as California braced for ‘life-threatening’ floods

Tropical Storm Hilary live: Magnitude 5.0 earthquake hits as California braced for ‘life-threatening’ floods

Hurricane Hilary has now weakened into a tropical storm, according to forecasters, but officials warn that the weather pattern is bringing dangerous conditions to coastal Mexico and the US Southwest.

The remnants of the hurricane made landfall on Sunday in a sparsely populated area about 150 miles norther of Ensenada, Mexico, according to forecasters.

As California began experiencing the worst of the storm on Sunday afternoon, a magnitude 5.1 earthquake struck in Ventura County.

Even before the centre of the storm began passing over land, Mexico’s Baja peninsula was inundated, with flood waters washing layers of earth over towns like Santa Rosalía.

The storm is expected to dissipate on Monday.

Key Points

  • Tropical Storm Hilary makes landfall, bringing risk of tornadoes and flooding for millions in California

  • Hurricane Hilary bearing down on US as officials warn of ‘very dangerous’ Category 2 storm

  • Hurricane Hilary may dump more than a year’s worth of rain on the southwest

  • Southern California gets first ever tropical storm watch as Hurricane Hilary approaches

  • When is Hurricane Hilary supposed to hit California?

  • What is the path of Hurricane Hillary?

  • Preparations for flooding should be ‘completed as soon as possible'

Hilary downgraded to post-tropical cyclone

11:00 , Rachel Sharp

Hilary has now been downgraded from a tropical storm to a post-tropical cyclone, according to an early morning update from the National Hurricane Center.

The National Weather Service defines a post-tropical cyclone as a cyclone that no longer possesses sufficient tropical characteristics to be considered a tropical cyclone.

Post-tropical cyclones can however continue to carry heavy rains and high winds.

Despite the downgrading, the extreme weather event is continuing to cause chaos across southern California, flooding streets and roads, downing power lines and plunging homes into darkness.

WATCH: Tropical Storm Hilary crumbles road in California as heavy rain hits state

10:40 , Rachel Sharp

Did Hurricane Hilary make landfall?

10:20 , Rachel Sharp

Hurricane Hilary weakened into a tropical storm before making landfall on Sunday.

Tropical Storm Hilary made landfall in the Baja California peninsula of Mexico and made its way up the West Coast into the southern US.

It is now hammering southern California with “life-threatening” conditions, flooding streets and roads, downing power lines and plunging homes into darkness.

Los Angeles and San Diego are under tropical storm warnings with officials warning residents to shelter away from “catastrophic and life-threatening flooding”.

In Palm Springs, officials revealed that the storm had knocked out its 911 emergency phone system on Sunday night, while two people had to be rescued from floodwaters in Ventura County. A search was initially under way for a third person before officials said there was no one else believed to be in the river.

The storm – the first tropical storm to hit California since Nora in 1997 – is causing chaos across southern California, flooding streets and roads, downing power lines and plunging homes into darkness.

How the climate crisis made Tropical Storm Hilary stronger

10:01 , Josh Marcus

The climate crisis is making tropical storms stronger. Here’s why.

Hurricanes are getting stronger. Here’s why

What is 'hurriquake'?

09:30 , Stuti Mishra

The term "hurriquake" began trending on social media on Sunday as a magnitude 5.1 earthquake hit Southern California while it was being lashed by thunderstorms from hurricane Hilary.

The two disasters, seen as being quite distinct despite happening at the same time, surprised many social media users and scientists, who said it is a rare phenomenon.

But might there be a connection between the two?

According to the US Geological Survey there is little probability of the events being connected.

However, there is some research on the subject.

Dr Marshall Sheperd, the director of the University of Georgia’s Atmospheric Sciences Programme, writes in Forbes that a Stony Brook University study demonstrates that stress on California’s famed fault lines is higher in years with more rainfall.

ICYMI: Tropical Storm Hilary makes landfall, bringing risk of tornadoes and flooding for millions in California

09:01 , Josh Marcus

The remnants of Hurricane Hilary made landfall as a major tropical storm in northwestern Mexico on Sunday, bring the risk of heavy rains and flash floods to millions.

The storm hit a sparsely populated area about 150 miles norther of Ensenada, Mexico, according to forecasters.

Even before the centre of the storm began passing over land, Mexico’s Baja peninsula was inundated, with flood waters washing layers of earth over towns like Santa Rosalía.

The extreme weather, expected to pass over Los Angeles on Sunday afternoon, has claimed at least one fatality already, a man in the Mexican state of Baja California Sur who was swept away in a stream on Saturday as he and his family attempted to cross by car, according to officials from the Mulege township.

Tropical Storm Hilary makes landfall, as 9m in California under flood warning

PHOTOS: Tropical storm Hilary inundates California streets

08:30 , Stuti Mishra

A motorist walks out to remove belongings from his vehicle after becoming stuck in a flooded street (AP)
A motorist walks out to remove belongings from his vehicle after becoming stuck in a flooded street (AP)
Vehicles cross over a flood control basin that has almost reached the street (AP)
Vehicles cross over a flood control basin that has almost reached the street (AP)
A flooded homeless encampment is seen along California Route 14 in Palmdale (AP)
A flooded homeless encampment is seen along California Route 14 in Palmdale (AP)
A fire engine responds to a call through standing water on Indian Canyon Drive as Tropical Storm Hilary approaches Palm Springs, California (REUTERS)
A fire engine responds to a call through standing water on Indian Canyon Drive as Tropical Storm Hilary approaches Palm Springs, California (REUTERS)

ICYMI: Magnitude 5.1 earthquake hits Ventura County as Tropical Storm Hilary arrives in Southern California

07:59 , Josh Marcus

A magnitude 5.1 earthquake struck Southern California on Sunday afternoon as the region prepares for the imminent arrival of Tropical Storm Hilary, which is expected to cause record rainfalls and flooding.

The quake was centered in Ventura County, about 4 miles southeast of Ojai, which sits 80 miles northwest of Los Angeles.

The earthquake, which was reported around 2.40pm, caused four aftershocks, each with a magnitude of 3 or greater, according to the US Geological Survey.

Magnitude 5.1 earthquake hits outside LA as Tropical Storm Hilary lands in California

Another tropical storm, Emily, forms in Atlantic

07:30 , Stuti Mishra

One of several budding storm systems in the Atlantic Ocean became tropical storm Emily on Sunday, according to the National Hurricane Center, as California and Mexico continue to face dangerous flooding due to storm Hilary.

Emily was far from land, moving west in the open ocean, the NHC said.

Also, tropical storm Franklin formed in the eastern Caribbean while tropical storm watches were issued for the southern coasts of Haiti and the Dominican Republic.

Shelter in place order issued for Forest Falls, Oak Glen Road

07:10 , Stuti Mishra

The San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department has issued a Shelter In Place order for residents in Forest Falls and parts of Oak Glen.

"Due to the current rain, there is mud and debris blocking the roadway. A SHELTER IN PLACE ORDER is now in effect for the community of Forest Falls, and residents on Oak Glen Road, from Casa Blanca Street to Harris Road."

Hilary could bring once-in-a-century rains to other western states

06:50 , Stuti Mishra

Tropical storm Hilary, which has inundated cities across California and Mexico's arid Baja region, could also hit other western states of the US with once-in-a-century rains.

Forecasts show there is a good chance of the storm becoming the wettest known tropical cyclone to douse Nevada, Oregon and Idaho.

As of Sunday night local time, Hilary was was expected to remain a tropical storm into central Nevada on Monday before dissipating.

Palm Springs declares ‘local emergency’ as ‘critically dangerous impacts’ of Hilary continue

06:30 , Stuti Mishra

Local officials in Palm Springs declared an emergency over the arrival of Tropical Storm Hilary on Sunday, citing flooding, “unprecedented” rainfall, and a rescue of a local resident.

Las Vegas airport loses power as Tropical Storm Hilary arrives

06:10 , Stuti Mishra

Inclement weather conditions from Tropical Storm Hilary have partially knocked out power to Las Vegas’s Harry Reid International Airport, according to local reporters.

'Life-threatening’ flooding in parts of Ventura County

05:50 , Stuti Mishra

The National Weather Service (NWS) has said that there is “life-threatening flooding” in Ventura County

The office said there is “dangerous flooding” is in the area between Point Dume, Point Mugu, Camarillo, Westlake Village, Somis and Spanish Hills.

“This is life-threatening flooding.”

Biden issues statement on storm Hilary

05:32 , Stuti Mishra

President Joe Biden has urged residents to take storm Hilary "seriously" assuring that his administration is monitoring the developing situation.

"As soon as Tropical Storm Hilary’s path became clear, my Administration took immediate action to prepare: deploying personnel and supplies, and planning rapid response and search-and-rescue efforts," Mr Biden wrote on Twitter.

"My Administration stands ready to provide additional assistance and will continue coordinating with California, Nevada, and Arizona. We will also continue monitoring the Southern California earthquake and any resulting impacts."

Photo shows packed California State Operations Center monitoring Tropical Storm Hilary

05:01 , Josh Marcus

California has mobilised numerous resources to respond to Tropical Storm Hilary, including declaring a state disaster, activating national guardsmen, and embedded a federal FEMA team with state officials.

Monitoring the action are numerous state employees at the State Operations Center.

Drone footage shows flooding in Mexico as Tropical Storm Hilary continues

04:01 , Josh Marcus

Tropical Storm Hilary is now moving into the US.

The storm left behind flooding across Mexico’s Baja peninsula, as captured in drone footage by Jordan Hall.

‘Do not tempt fate,’ National Weather Service warns of Storm Hilary

03:01 , Josh Marcus

The National Weather Service on Sunday warned people not to “tempt fate” by driving through flooded roadways unless absolutely necessary, sharing a video of flooding in the normally arid desert city of Palm Springs.

Hospital running on generator power as LA begins to flood

02:00 , Josh Marcus

The heart of Tropical Storm Hilary is beginning to pass over Las Angeles and throughout Southern California.

Heavy rains from the storm are causing flooding around the region, including at Rancho Mirage’s Eisenhower hospital, which is running on generator power, according to NBC Los Angeles.

Death Valley receives ‘unprecedented’ levels of rain from Hilary

01:30 , Josh Marcus

Flash flooding shut down California’s famous Death Valley National Park, as Tropical Storm Hilary brings unusual weather conditions throughout the Southwest.

The National Parks Service said in a statement it received an inch of rain by the middle of Sunday and expected “unprecedented” levels of precipitation overnight, the agency said in a statement to The Las Vegas Review-Journal.

‘It wasn’t the rain that was causing damage but the storm surge'

Monday 21 August 2023 00:56 , Josh Marcus

As California prepares for the worst of Tropical Storm Hilary to arrive, Mexico is beginning to deal with its aftermath.

Dangerous seas caused extensive damage in the remote western edge of Baja California Sur.

“It wasn’t the rain that was causing damage but the storm surge,” Erick Zúñiga Rojas, a local delegate for the Mulegé municipality, told The New York Times. “All the flooding was coming from the ocean.”

Street flooding seen in Sherman Oaks as Hilary arrives in LA

Monday 21 August 2023 00:26 , Josh Marcus

Heavy street flooding has begin in Los Angeles with the arrival of Tropical Storm Hilary.

FOX LA reporter Christine Devine captured footage of emergency vehicles driving through the waters.

Tropical Storm Hilary makes landfall, bringing risk of tornadoes and flooding for millions in California

Sunday 20 August 2023 23:40 , Josh Marcus

The remnants of Hurricane Hilary made landfall as a major tropical storm in northwestern Mexico on Sunday, bring the risk of heavy rains and flash floods to millions.

The storm hit a sparsely populated area about 150 miles norther of Ensenada, Mexico, according to forecasters.

Even before the centre of the storm began passing over land, Mexico’s Baja peninsula was inundated, with flood waters washing layers of earth over towns like Santa Rosalía.

The extreme weather, expected to pass over Los Angeles on Sunday afternoon, has claimed at least one fatality already, a man in the Mexican state of Baja California Sur who was swept away in a stream on Saturday as he and his family attempted to cross by car, according to officials from the Mulege township.

More details in our full story.

Tropical Storm Hilary makes landfall, as 9m in California under flood warning

It’s one disaster after another in Southern California as earthquake hits

Sunday 20 August 2023 23:19 , Josh Marcus

A magnitude 5.1 earthquake struck Southern California on Sunday afternoon as the region prepares for the imminent arrival of Tropical Storm Hilary, which is expected to cause record rainfalls and flooding.

The quake was centered in Ventura County, about 4 miles southeast of Ojai, which sits 80 miles northwest of Los Angeles.

The earthquake, which was reported around 2.40pm, caused four aftershocks, each with a magnitude of 3 or greater, according to the US Geological Survey.

Follow the latest details in our breaking news story.

Meanwhile in Orange County...

Sunday 20 August 2023 23:00 , Josh Marcus

The US Coast Guard is warning of heavy, dangerous surf that will arrive as Tropical Storm Hilary passes over Los Angeles and its surrounding counties.

That didn’t stop surfers in Laguna Beach from grabbing a few more waves, as Andrew Turner of the Daily Pilot captured in this video clip.

PHOTO: California governor signs state of emergency declaration on hood of humvee

Sunday 20 August 2023 22:30 , Josh Marcus

As Tropical Storm Hilary barreled towards California, governor Gavin Newsom signed a declaration establishing a State of Emergency for much of Southern California.

He signed the decree on the hood of a National Guard humvee and urged residents to “stay safe and listen to emergency officials.”

Hilary could bring winds of 75 mph to San Diego

Sunday 20 August 2023 22:00 , Josh Marcus

Tropical Storm Hilary may be weakening as it heads north, but it still will be a powerful weather system as it travels over California this afternoon.

The storm will bring gusts of up to 75mph and sustained winds of 35mph to the San Diego area, according to NBC 7 meteorologist Brooke Martell.

Nevada city prepares for flooding with sand bags

Sunday 20 August 2023 21:31 , Josh Marcus

The city of Henderson, Nevada, is one of many places across the Southwestern US bracing for heavy winds and flooding ahead of the arrival of Tropical Storm Hilary.

The storm is expected to linger over the US until Monday.

Los Angeles flooding begins before Hilary arrives in city

Sunday 20 August 2023 21:01 , Josh Marcus

Los Angeles is already flooding, even though Tropical Storm Hilary isn’t expected to pass over the city until later this afternoon.

NBC Los Angeles reporter Alex Rozier captured a video showed cars and busses struggling through flooded streets on Sunday morning.

Flash flood warning covering millions issued for Los Angeles

Sunday 20 August 2023 21:00 , Josh Marcus

The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Warning covering millions of people in the Los Angeles area.

The danger zone encompasses over 9 million people in Los Angeles and outlying communities including Long Beach, Malibu, and the San Fernando Valley.

The warning lasts until 7.45pm Sunday evening.

Tornadoes could form in Southern California as Tropical Storm Hilary advances

Sunday 20 August 2023 20:40 , Josh Marcus

There’s a highly likelihood that the Southern California desert will see the rare sight of tornadoes on Sunday because of Tropical Storm Hilary.

The National Weather Service said on Sunday that there’s a 40 per cent chance of a Tornado Watch in the area near Palm Springs.

City workers prepare for flooding in LA’s Union Station with pumps and sandbags

Sunday 20 August 2023 20:20 , Josh Marcus

Municipal workers in Los Angeles on Sunday prepared for the arrival of Tropical Storm Hilary by deploying sand bags and water pumps at the Union Station rail hub.

Metro Los Angeles captured photos of the preparations.

They don’t seem too worried in Orange County...

Sunday 20 August 2023 19:59 , Josh Marcus

Tropical Storm Hilary is expected to bring heavy winds, rains, and large waves throughout Southern California, but the surfers of Orange County seem to be relishing the conditions.

Surf photographer Ricky Blake captured this scene this morning in northern Orange County.

Tropical Storm Hilary makes landfall

Sunday 20 August 2023 19:35 , Josh Marcus

Tropical Storm Hilary officially made landfall in North America on Sunday, as the center of the powerful storm touched down in norther Baja California, according to the National Hurricane Center.

“Tropical storm conditions and heavy rains already affecting portions of the southwestern United States,” the center wrote on X.

‘Torrential’ rainfall in Southern California possible for Sunday

Sunday 20 August 2023 19:20 , Josh Marcus

Southern California could experience “torrential rainfall” later this afternoon as Tropical Storm Hilary continues its advance northwards, according to the National Weather Service.

A warning from CAL FIRE: Don’t mess around with moving water

Sunday 20 August 2023 19:00 , Josh Marcus

California fire officials are urging members of the public not to ignore the risks of even a few inches of flood water.

According to CAL FIRE, even 6 inches of moving water can knock over and carry an adult away, while only a foot of water is needed to move a car.

San Diego prepares swift water rescue teams as Hurricane Hilary approaches

Sunday 20 August 2023 18:54 , Josh Marcus

San Diego, with assistance from the California Office of Emergency Services, spent Saturday and Sunday preparing for the arrival of Hurricane Hilary in Southern California.

That included deploying teams of swift water rescue-trained firefighters around the region to prepare for residents being stranded in floods.

Video shows heavy flooding in Santa Rosalía, Mexico

Sunday 20 August 2023 18:19 , Josh Marcus

Tropical Storm Hilary is already causing floods on the west coast of Mexico.

Journalist Gerardo Zúñiga shared a clip on X showing fast-moving, muddy waters racing through the Baja California Sur town of Santa Rosalía.

Disneyland will close early as Tropical Storm Hilary approaches

Sunday 20 August 2023 17:57 , Josh Marcus

The massive Disneyland theme park and hotel complex in Anaheim, California, will close its gates early on Sunday, as Tropical Storm Hilary threatens to bring heavy rains and flooding to the Los Angeles area on Sunday.

“For the safety of guests and cast members, Disneyland Resort has made the decision to adjust closing times today,” the park said in a statement.

Mexican man dies as family swept out out into stream

Sunday 20 August 2023 17:35 , Josh Marcus

Tropical Storm Hilary has claimed what may be its first victim.

A man in the Mexican state of Baja California Sur was swept away in a stream as on Saturday he and a group of four attempted to cross in a car.

“Four people were rescued, but regretably the streams took the life of one of the members of this family from Vizcaíno,” Edith Aguilar, a local mayor, wrote in Spanish in a post on X.

The official added that rescuers “did everything possible, but weren’t able to cross the streams to support without risking their own lives.”

Los Angeles mayor warns ‘lives could be lost’ as flooding hits homeless encampments

Sunday 20 August 2023 17:10 , Josh Marcus

Los Angeles County has more than 70,000 people who are unhoused at a given time, many of them living outside in tents.

Those people are now at great risk as Tropical Storm Hilary heads towards Los Angeles, expected to pass over Southern California later today.

Mayor Karen Bass told Face The Nation on Sunday the city has been doing outreach for days to get these people out of harm’s way.

“We have hundreds of people on our riverbeds,” she said. “Every time we have  rain event, helicopters drive by as well as hundreds of outreach workers go by in advance to tell them to seek shelter.”

“We are working as fast as we possibly can, especially in a situation like this, where lives could be lost because of the weather event,” she added.

Hurricane Hilary renews calls for Joe Biden to declare climate emergency

Sunday 20 August 2023 16:50 , Josh Marcus

With the US facing one climate-fueled disaster after another, from the fires in Maui to Hurricane Hilary, activists are renewing their calls for Joe Biden to declare a state of emergency around the climate.

”If this is not an emergency, what is?” climate activist Annie Leonard wrote on X on Saturday. “People are searching for loved ones in Maui, buying sandbags in Joshua Tree, bracing themselves in LA. The first steps of leadership in a crisis are: name it and stabilize. Not avoid it and add fuels to the flame.”

Here’s our reportubg on why activists want the White House to declare an emergency.

Biden claims he has declared a climate emergency ‘in practice’

‘Don’t Look Up’ director calls Biden’s failure to declare climate emergency ‘madness’

Hurricane Hilary downgraded to tropical storm

Sunday 20 August 2023 16:31 , Josh Marcus

Hurricane Hilary is no longer a hurricane, but it’s still plenty dangerous.

The hurricane was declared a tropical storm on Sunday, according to the National Weather Service, though it’s still sustaining powerful winds of 70 mph and expected to bring “catastrophic and life-threatening flooding” to Mexico’s Baja peninsula and parts of the US Southwest.

A whiplash few weeks for Death Valley

Sunday 20 August 2023 13:00 , Josh Marcus

Thanks to Hurricane Hilary, Death Valley, California, one of the hottest and driest places on Earth, will go from experiencing record temperatures to unprecedented rainfalls that could cause flash flooding.

Death Valley nears record high temperature as heatwaves sweep the world

More than 6,500 Mexican soldiers deployed to prepare for Hilary’s arrival

Sunday 20 August 2023 12:00 , Josh Marcus

Mexico has mobilised more than 6,500 soldiers to the coastal states of Baja California and Baja California Sur to build shelters and distribute supplies as Hurricane Hilary nears the country.

On the ground, some appeared unconcerned however.

“We are so used to being warned and nothing happens,” Andrés García, 35, a valet at a hotel in the port city of Ensenada, told The New York Times. “That is why people are calm. Hopefully it won’t be so destructive.”

As California prepares for one disaster, Hawaii rebuilds from another

Sunday 20 August 2023 11:00 , Josh Marcus

Extreme weather is happening across the Pacific, from the hurricane heading towards California, to the hurricane winds which helped fuel the devastating Maui wildfires.

Follow the latest from the Hawaiian islands with our Maui fires liveblog.

Hurricane Hilary is down(graded), but not out

Sunday 20 August 2023 10:00 , Josh Marcus

On Saturday, Hurricane Hilary was downgraded to a Category 2 storm, but forecasters still say this designation carries great risk.

“This does not lessen the threat, especially the flood threat,” Jamie Rhome, the US National Hurricane Center’s deputy director, said Saturday. “Don’t let the weakening trend and the intensity lower your guard.”

Hurricanes are getting stronger. Here’s why

Sunday 20 August 2023 09:00 , Josh Marcus

Sea-level rise is one way that the climate crisis is making these storms more dangerous. As the oceans rise, due to melting polar ice sheets and increased heat expanding the water, coastal cities like Tokyo and New Orleans will be more likely to be inundated during storms.

Since the late 19th century, global sea level has risen by eight inches – threatening coastal communities and increasing flooding risk when storms push water inland.

Rising sea levels can also wipe out natural coastal defences against hurricanes such as wetlands of marshes and swamps that buffer storm surges and winds.

One 2020 study found that in nearly 90 tropical storms from 1996 to 2016, US counties with more wetlands had less property damage. The study put an average value on those wetlands of $1.8m in protection per square kilometre per year.

Ethan Freedman and Louise Boyle have the details.

Hurricanes are getting stronger. Here’s why

Dramatic photos show flood damage in Baja

Sunday 20 August 2023 19:09 , Josh Marcus

Tropical Storm Hilary has already caused major damage in Mexico.

Photos from the Baja California Sur town of Santa Rosalía on Sunday show the community covered in large stones left behind by flood waters.

ICYMI: Hurricane Hilary could create new lake in world’s hottest place as it bears down on California

Sunday 20 August 2023 07:59 , Josh Marcus

Hurricane Hilary is expected to bring heavy rain to Southern California as it grows off Mexico’s Baja California.

Hilary will plow into the Mexican peninsula sometime on Sunday, amid concerns of “life-threatening and potentially catastrophic” floods. The US National Hurricane Center has issued a tropical storm watch from the Golden State’s Pacific coast to interior mountains and deserts — the first in Southern California in 84 years.

Andrea Blanco reports.

Hurricane Hilary could create new lake in Death Valley National Park

Hurricane Hilary could bring ‘100-year event’ flooding to Las Vegas

Sunday 20 August 2023 07:06 , Josh Marcus

Las Vegas is preparing for major flooding from Hurricane Hilary.

“We designed for what’s called ‘the 100-year event’ or ‘the 1 percent chance storm,’ so what that translates to in Las Vegas is about 2.77 inches of rain over a six-hour period,” Steven Parrish, general manager and chief engineer for the Clark County Regional Flood Control District, told 8 News. “We’re expecting rainfall at around that level.”

“Our recommendation to people would be — if you can — just shelter in place,” he added. “There’s going to be street flooding, […] it’s going to be difficult to drive.”

The official said Clark County’s 684 miles of channels and storm drains, as well as a network of detention basins, would be enough to protect Las Vegas.

ICYMI: Hurricane Hilary bearing down on US as officials warn of ‘very dangerous’ Category 2 storm

Sunday 20 August 2023 06:00 , Josh Marcus

Hurricane Hilary continued its journey towards the Baja peninsula and Southern California on Saturday, as officials warned that the storm could bring unprecedented rain and flooding to the normally arid Southwest.

“Make no mistake,” Nancy Ward, director of the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, said on Saturday in a news conference. “This is a very, very dangerous and significant storm.”

More details in our full story.

Hurricane Hilary bears down on US as officials warn of ‘dangerous’ Category 2 storm

PHOTO: Long Beach prepares for Hurricane Hilary by setting up emergency shelter in gym

Sunday 20 August 2023 05:00 , Josh Marcus

Long Beach, California, is one of the many Southern California municipalities preparing for the potentially disasterous arrival of Hurricane Hilary.

The city has erected a temporary cot shelter in a basketball gymnasium in preparation.

California governor in San Diego as Hurricane Hilary approaches

Sunday 20 August 2023 04:00 , Josh Marcus

California governor Gavin Newsom was in San Diego on Saturday, a day before the worst impacts of Hurricane Hilary are expected to impact the state.

How Hurricane Hilary could reshape the Southern California desert

Sunday 20 August 2023 03:00 , Josh Marcus

Heavy rains from Hurricane Hilary will concentrate on Sunday in Palm Springs, Yucca Valley, and Mojave National Preserve in Southern California, some of the driest areas of the country.

“The drainage there is so poor,” Mark Moede, a forecaster with the National Weather Service’s San Diego office, told SFGATE. “It doesn’t take much to create flooding on the desert floor.”

“Flood risk from #Hilary in SE California deserts is genuinely alarming,” Daniel Swain, a climate scientist at UCLA, wrote earlier this week on X, describing the potential impacts of the rains. “Widespread & possibly destructive flash flooding is possible. This has high potential to be a historic flood event in this region.”

The desert areas could receive multiple years worth of normal rain levels this weekend alone.

Southwest cancels flights into Palm Springs ahead of Hurricane Hilary

Sunday 20 August 2023 02:00 , Josh Marcus

Southwest Airlines has canceled flights into Palm Springs through Monday morning, the airport announced on Saturday, ahead of the arrival of Hurricane Hilary.

The Southern California desert is expected to be inundated with rain when the tropical storm hits the state on Sunday.

Nevada activates National Guard ahead of Hurricane Hilary

Sunday 20 August 2023 01:30 , Josh Marcus

Nevada has activated its National Guard ahead of Hurricane Hilary, which is expected to shower the Southwest in unprecedented amounts of rain.

“These Guardsmen will be put in place to provide support to southern counties, which may be significantly impacted by flooding,” Governor Joe Lombardo said in a news release. “As the state takes the necessary steps to prepare for flooding and severe weather, I strongly urge all Nevadans to do the same. By making a plan ahead of time, Nevadans can ensure that their families and loved ones remain safe amidst Hurricane Hilary.”

Hurricane Hilary causing strange wave patterns off West Coast

Sunday 20 August 2023 01:00 , Josh Marcus

Hurricane Hilary is causing abnormal wave patterns across the West Coast.

Kevin Wallis, director of forecasting at the wave prediction firm Surfline, told NBC News notable swells were observed in the usually tranquil Sea of Cortez, and groups of waves were spotted moving parallel to Southern California, moving past San Diego County.

The US Coast Guard has said waves as high as 8 feet could hit California throughout the storm.

Southern California residents prepare for arrival of Hilary with sand bags

Sunday 20 August 2023 00:30 , Josh Marcus

Residents across Southern California prepared on Saturday for the arrival of Hurricane Hilary, which is expected to bring heavy rains and flooding to even arid regions of the state.

Many cities, like Huntington Beach, offered sand bags to help protect structures.

Preparations for flooding should be ‘completed as soon as possible'

Sunday 20 August 2023 00:02 , Josh Marcus

Federal forecasters are warning people in the path of Hurricane Hilary to finish their flooding preparations “as soon as possible.”

“In the Southwestern US, the potentially historic amount of rainfall is expecteed to cause flash, urban, and arroyo flooding including landslides, mudslides, and debris flows,” the National Weather Service said in a briefing on Saturday.

Hurricane Hilary bearing down on US as officials warn of ‘very dangerous’ Category 2 storm

Saturday 19 August 2023 23:26 , Josh Marcus

Hurricane Hilary continued its journey towards the Baja peninsula and Southern California on Saturday, as officials warned that the storm could bring unprecedented rain and flooding to the normally arid Southwest.

“Make no mistake,” Nancy Ward, director of the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, said on Saturday in a news conference. “This is a very, very dangerous and significant storm.”

“There will be power outages across Southern California,” she added.

The heart of the storm, which began Wednesday in the waters off Manzanillo, Mexico, was 285 miles frmo Punta Eugenia, Mexico, and about 640 miles south-southeast of San Diego, California, as of Saturday afternoon.

Follow the latest.

Hurricane Hilary bears down on US as officials warn of ‘dangerous’ Category 2 storm

Hurricane Hilary could create new lake in world’s hottest place as it bears down on California

Saturday 19 August 2023 23:07 , Josh Marcus

Hurricane Hilary is expected to bring heavy rain to Southern California as it continues its path towards Mexico’s Baja California.

Hilary will plow into the Mexican peninsula sometime on Sunday, amid concerns of “life-threatening and potentially catastrophic” floods. The US National Hurricane Center has issued a tropical storm watch from the Golden State’s Pacific coast to interior mountains and deserts — the first in Southern California in 84 years.

Meteorologists have warned that heavy rainfall could potentially turn Death Valley National Park into a massive lake, AccuWeather reports. Death Valley, the hottest place on earth, is expected to receive more than its annual two-inch rainfall, prompting major flooding and flash floods, the park said in a statement on Friday.

Andrea Blanco has the full story.

Evacuations begin as Hilary approaches Southern

Saturday 19 August 2023 22:24 , Josh Marcus

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Office has issued evacuation notices for residents of Oak Glen, Forest Falls, Mountain Home Village, Angelus Oaks, and NE Yucaipa, as Southern California braces for the arrival of Hurricane Hilary, which is expected to bring rare rain and flash floods to the usually dry region.