Live Updates: Tropical Storm Hilary Targets Mexico, California, Southwest U.S.

INDIO, CALIFORNIA - AUGUST 20: A usually dry section of the Whitewater River floods a road
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Tropical Storm Hilary made landfall on the Baja California peninsula in northwestern Mexico on Sunday afternoon as officials warn of dangerous flooding in the area and the Southwest United States.

Scroll to the top for the latest updates. All times Pacific Daylight Time (PDT).

Sunday, August 20, 8:30 p.m. PDT

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“Hurriquake” just hit the Southern California area’

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Hilary has arrived!

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Tropical Storm Hilary is now projected to hit San Diego in the afternoon as it moves east, according to a local media report.

The Los Angeles Times reports:

Hilary may be coming in a little faster than initially expected. Tropical-storm-force winds — sustained winds of at least 39 mph — were forecast to arrive in San Diego County as early as Sunday morning. It made landfall in Baja California on Sunday around 11 a.m.


Hilary’s track has shifted slightly eastward. The risk for coastal flooding in L.A. County has perhaps dropped, but flooding risks inland still remain significant, and especially dangerous in the deserts and mountains.

Sunday, August 20, 11:20 a.m. PDT

Tropical Storm Hilary has made landfall in Mexico’s Baja California peninsula. Officials are warning about “catastrophic and life-threatening flooding” in the southwestern U.S., the National Hurricane Center said in a statement. Meanwhile, Breitbart News’s Joel Pollak is on the ground in Los Angeles, where winds are beginning to pick up speed.

Saturday, August 19, 9:17 p.m. PDT
Heavy rain inundates Baja California barreling closer to California mainland.

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Saturday, August 19, 3:20 p.m. PDT: The National Hurricane Center has downgraded Hurricane Hilary to a Category 2 storm with maximum sustained winds at 110 miles per hour.

Saturday, August 19, 10:44 p.m. PDT: The National Hurricane Center’s latest advisory warns of “Catastrophic and Life-Threatening Flooding” over Baja California and the Southwestern United States through Monday as Hilary continues its course toward the Baja California peninsula.

Saturday, August 19, 8:40 a.m. PDT: Hilary has been downgraded to a Category 3 storm. The National Weather Service for Los Angeles reports that Hilary “is expected to still be a hurricane as it approaches the west coast of the Baja California Peninsula” but will weaken to a tropical storm before it reaches Southern California.

Saturday, August 19, 5:40 a.m. PDT: Hilary remains a Category 4 storm as of Saturday morning with winds up to 130MPH.

Friday, August 18, 3:00 p.m. PDT: The National Weather Service has expanded its tropical storm watch to Los Angeles County and much of Ventura County, in addition to Orange County and San Diego County.

Some communities in Orange County have already begun distributing sandbags to residents, as flooding is expected.

The National Hurricane Center said:

On the forecast track, the center of Hilary will move close to the west coast of the Baja California peninsula over the weekend and reach southern California by Sunday night.

Weakening is expected to begin by Saturday, but Hilary will still be a hurricane when it approaches the west coast of the Baja California peninsula Saturday night and Sunday. Hilary is expected to weaken to a tropical storm by late Sunday before it reaches southern California.

Heavy rainfall in association with Hilary is expected to impact the Southwestern United States through next Wednesday, peaking on Sunday and Monday. Rainfall amounts of 3 to 6 inches, with isolated amounts of 10 inches, are expected across portions of southern California and southern Nevada. Dangerous to locally catastrophic flooding will be possible. Elsewhere across portions of the Western United States, rainfall totals of 1 to 3 inches are expected, resulting in localized flash flooding.

The National Hurricane Center has issued a tropical storm watch for Southern California for the first time in history.

Hurricanes commonly form in August and September off the Mexican coast, bringing warm water and humid air to Southern California, but the storms themselves rarely move north. Most move west across the Pacific Ocean without hitting California.

It is not clear where the hurricane will make landfall, but officials expect it to weaken by the time it nears the U.S. Rains are expected in interior regions by Saturday, and at the coast on Sunday, continuing into early next week as the storm moves north.

Hilary will be the first tropical storm to hit Southern California in 84 years, since “El Cordonazo” in 1939, before the contemporary naming conventions of storms began. The last hurricane to make landfall in Southern California arrived in 1858.

Filling sandbags OC (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times via Getty)

Volunteers with West Orange County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) load sandbags for local residents to pick up ahead of anticipated high surf, strong winds and flooding from the approaching Hurricane Hilary in Seal Beach, California, on Friday, Aug. 18, 2023. As Hurricane Hilary continues its march toward Southern California, officials have issued an unprecedented tropical storm watch for the region. The watch is in effect for much of southwestern California, from the San Diego deserts to the San Bernardino County mountains and onto Catalina Island, something the National Hurricane Center said is a first for this area. A tropical storm watch indicates that tropical storm conditions are possible meaning more than 39 mph sustained winds within 48 hours, according to the hurricane center. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

Sandbag lady OC (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times via Getty)

A homeowner picks up sand bags from West Orange County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) in Seal Beach, California, on Friday, Aug. 18, 2023. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)


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