West News Wire: In the southwest US, Category 1 Hurricane Hilary is likely to unleash “catastrophic and life-threatening” floods. It is expected to make landfall in Southern California on Sunday. 

The US National Hurricane Centre reports that Hilary is currently a Category 1 storm with maximum winds of 85 mph and is moving roughly 20 mph to the north-northwest. 

It stated that as of 2 a.m. local time (9 a.m. GMT) on Sunday, the hurricane was around 385 miles south of San Diego. 

The hurricane centre issued a warning, stating that even while Hilary is predicted to decrease to a tropical storm before it makes landfall in the US, the southwest is still forecast to see “catastrophic and life-threatening” flooding. 

A hurricane warning is in effect in Mexico from Punta Abreojos to Cabo San Quintin a roughly 300-mile stretch along the Baja California Peninsula’s western shore. 

“Flash and urban flooding, locally catastrophic, is expected, especially in the northern portions of the peninsula,” the hurricane center said. 

It is forecasted that the region could see 3 to 6 inches of rain or even 10 inches in some areas. The damaging wind could also knock out power for many residents. The worst of it is expected Sunday into Monday. 

California Gov. Gavin Newsom proclaimed a state of emergency on Saturday for a large swath of Southern California to support hurricane response and recovery efforts, according to the governor’s office. 

The governor’s office also announced that Hilary is forecasted to be “the wettest tropical cyclone in state history.” 

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Nancy Ward, director of the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, also warned that Hilary “could be one of the most devastating storms that we’ve had hit California in more than a decade.” 

On Saturday afternoon, helicopters from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office were flying over riverbed areas warning homeless people about the extreme weather both in English and Spanish. 

Moreover, Visitors and some residents of Catalina Island, part of California’s Channel Islands, were “strongly encouraged” to leave the island ahead of the storm, according to a news release from the City of Avalon. 

If Hilary makes landfall in California as a tropical storm, it would be the first such storm to do so in the state in nearly 84 years, according to data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. 


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