Emergency Declaration and HistHistoric Hurricane Hilary Threatens Catastrophic Flooding and Devastationoric Occurrence

1. Emergency Declaration and Historic Occurrence  California declared a state of emergency as Hurricane Hilary approached. The storm is the first tropical storm to hit Southern California in 84 years. It's expected to bring flash floods, mudslides, tornadoes, high winds, and power outages.

Emergency Declaration and Historic Occurrence

Forecasters predict "catastrophic" flooding as the storm moves through the region. Despite weakening, the storm's acceleration raised concerns. Meteorologists urged residents to complete preparations before sundown.

Catastrophic Flooding and Preparations

Heavy rainfall and flooding began as the storm approached the southwestern US. Up to 10 inches of rain was expected in southern California and southern Nevada. Flash floods, mudslides, and widespread power outages were anticipated.

Impacts on Surrounding Areas

Meteorologists expected "life-threatening" surf conditions and rip currents along Mexico's Pacific coast. Towering waves up to 40 feet were predicted, leading to evacuations and refuge-seeking in affected areas. Firefighters used inflatable boats to rescue families hit by rain and wind..

Dangerous Sea Conditions

Mexico's Navy evacuated 850 people from Baja coast islands and deployed 3,000 troops for emergency operations. City officials closed beaches and set up storm shelters at sports complexes and government offices.

Evacuations and Government Response

Hurricane Hilary initially grew to a Category 4 hurricane with top winds of 145 mph. It weakened to Category 2 status with sustained winds of 177 kph. The storm was projected to move along Mexico's southern Baja peninsula and head towards the US, impacting areas such as Tijuana.

Hurricane Hilary's Path and Category