By Thursday night, Hurricane Hilary had grown into a big storm near the Pacific coast of Mexico. By the weekend, it could bring torrential rain to the southwest United States.
According to the U.S. According to the National Hurricane Center, Hurricane Hilary has reached Category 3 status with maximum sustained winds of 120 mph (195 kph). On a forecast route that threatened to make landfall on the southern Baja California peninsula by Sunday or potentially keep just offshore while moving toward Southern California, the storm was predicted to intensify into a Category 4 hurricane on Friday.
Around 445 miles (715 kilometers) south of Los Cabos, near the southernmost point of the Baja peninsula, Hilary was centered. It was traveling at 14 mph (22 kph) in a west-northwesterly direction but was predicted to turn more northward over the next few days.
The hurricane center warned that Hilary may temporarily survive as a tropical storm or tropical depression and cross the border into the United States when it approaches or brushes the Baja Peninsula. Since September 25, 1939, no tropical storm has made landfall in Southern California, according to the National Weather Service.
The hurricane center stated that “Rainfall impacts from Hurricane Hilary within the Southwestern United States are expected to peak this weekend into Monday.” “Flash, urban, and arroyo flooding is possible, with the potential for significant impacts.”
From Yuma, Arizona, to Yuma, California, as well as certain areas of southern Nevada, could be included in the area that could get severe rains. The launch of a rocket carrying satellites from a station on the central coast of California has been postponed until at least Monday, according to a statement released by SpaceX on Thursday.
The business warned that the Pacific Ocean’s circumstances would make it challenging for a ship to recover the rocket booster. The Los Angeles weather office reported that an excessive rainfall forecast was in effect for Southern California from Sunday through Tuesday.
There is a strong likelihood of significant rain and floods, even if it is unlikely that Hilary will make landfall in California as a tropical storm, according to UCLA climate scientist Daniel Swain in an online briefing on Wednesday.
Between the cities of Playas de Rosarito and Ensenada, in the state of Baja California, the Mexican government warned that a weaker Hurricane Hilary might impact the coast Sunday night.
On Thursday, the city of Yuma provided citizens with a self-serve sandbag filling station as part of its preparations. While supplies remain, the sandbag station will be stocked with empty bags and sand for self-filling. Five sandbags per vehicle were permitted for residents.