The Weather Channel reports:
Hurricane Hilary is spreading gusty winds and heavy rain through northwestern Mexico ahead of a rare California tropical storm strike. The remnants of Hilary will bring damaging wind gusts and potentially catastrophic flash flooding to the American Southwest this weekend.
The National Hurricane Center warned that “in the Southwestern United States, the potentially historic amount of rainfall is expected to cause flash, urban, and arroyo flooding including landslides, mudslides, and debris flows. Dangerous to locally catastrophic flooding impacts are expected early Sunday through early Monday.”
The New York Times reports:
As Hurricane Hilary headed north, Mexico and Southern California were bracing for a rare and powerful storm expected to produce dangerous flash flooding and high winds.
Residents were filling sandbags and fueling up generators before the extreme weather arrived, and emergency officials are warning that roads may be inundated and setting up evacuation centers.
Hilary was expected to make landfall in Baja California, Mexico, on Sunday and move north as a tropical storm near San Diego, before traveling across the deserts and mountains east of Los Angeles.
Hurricane Hilary was barreling on Sunday morning toward the Baja California peninsula in Mexico and the southwestern U.S., where it was forecast to cause heavy rain, dangerous flooding and possibly tornadoes.
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— The New York Times (@nytimes) August 20, 2023
Current situation in Santa Rosalía, in the center of the Baja California peninsula. Effects of Hurricane Hilary, now a category 2. pic.twitter.com/9BlG1kwRbT
— Cali (@505Cali2) August 20, 2023
Southern California’s first-ever Tropical Storm Warning has been issued in the wake of Hurricane #Hilary.
The historic storm will bring gusty winds, heavy rains, and a risk of power outages. pic.twitter.com/BTLltNSr9K
— The Weather Channel (@weatherchannel) August 20, 2023
Active waves of 6 to 12 feet in height are currently recorded in Baja #SouthernCalifornia.
The National #Hurricane Center projected catastrophic damage for the entire population. #storm #hurricanehilary #tropicalstormhilary #Hurricane #Weather #SanDiego #Baja #LosAngeles… pic.twitter.com/j0DHvME1xp
— Chaudhary Parvez (@ChaudharyParvez) August 20, 2023
Residents in Palm Springs, CA filling sandbags in preparation for the impacts of Hurricane #Hilary. It will be much weaker when it gets here but major flooding is expected. Live coverage on @weatherchannel continues. @JenCarfagno #flooding #CAwx pic.twitter.com/b5fdRADqy1
— Charles Peek (@CharlesPeekWX) August 20, 2023
🚨Before Hurricane Hilary makes landfall, heavy rainfall, already caused several flooding of the streets in Las Vegas.
— CarterRoamsOn (@CarterRoamsOn) August 20, 2023