While no longer a hurricane, Tropical Storm Hilary continued to churn toward the north Sunday close off the Baja California peninsula in Mexico. Forecasters warned that “catastrophic and life-threatening” flooding is likely throughout a large area of the southwestern U.S.

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Information About Tropical Storm Hilary

According to the National Hurricane Center, Tropical Storm Hilary was about 220 miles (350 kilometers) south-southeast of San Diego as of 8 a.m. Pacific time. Hilary was heading to the northwest at a speed of 25 mph (41 kph) and had maximum sustained winds of 70 mph (110 kph).

The tropical storm still directly threatened the Mexican cities of Ensenada and Tijuana, and meteorologists cautioned that while lessening, the storm was still dangerous.

A car was swept away in an overflowing creek on Saturday, killing one person in the Mexican town of Santa Rosalia on the eastern coast of the peninsula. According to Mulege Township Mayor Edith Aguilar Villavicencio, four other victims were saved by rescuers.

Although video uploaded by local officials showed torrents of water rushing through the town’s streets, it wasn’t immediately apparent whether officials thought the fatality was connected to the hurricane.

Forecasters said the storm, which brought flash floods, mudslides, localized tornadoes, high gusts, and power outages, was still anticipated to go down in history as the first tropical storm to impact Southern California in 84 years. Authorities issued an evacuation warning for Santa Catalina Island, advising locals and visitors to flee the popular vacation spot 37 kilometers (23 miles) offshore.

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In Southern California’s mountains and deserts, rain could fall up to 3 inches (7.62 cm) per hour from late Sunday morning into the afternoon, according to Elizabeth Adams, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service San Diego office. The heavy rain during those hours may result in widespread, maybe fatal flash floods.

Gov. Gavin Newsom of California declared a state of emergency, and authorities had urged citizens to wrap up their preparations by Saturday evening. One expert predicted that by Sunday, it will be too late.

The hurricane is the most recent significant climate disaster to devastate the United States, Canada, and Mexico. The deadliest American wildfire in more than a century tore through the ancient town of Lahaina on Hawaii’s island of Maui last week, leaving over 100 people dead. In Canada, firefighters fought fires on Saturday as the country experienced its worst fire season on record.

Prior to the storm’s anticipated border crossing on Sunday, Hilary already caused significant rain and floods in Mexico and the southwest of the United States on Saturday. Forecasters cautioned that southern California and southern Nevada could receive up to 10 inches (25 centimeters) of rain, which is equivalent to a year’s worth of rainfall in certain places.

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Jamie Rhome, the deputy director of the U.S. National Hurricane Center, said at a briefing on Saturday to announce the storm’s lowered classification, “This does not lessen the threat, especially the flood threat.” “Don’t let the intensity and weakening trend make you less vigilant.”

Along Mexico’s Pacific coast, meteorologists anticipated that the storm would produce “life-threatening” surf, rip currents, and waves as high as 40 feet (12 meters).

Rafael Carrillo, the head of the fire department of Tijuana, which has 1.9 million citizens, expressed the worry that lurks in the back of everyone’s mind, especially among those who live in houses perched on high hillsides.

The ground can weaken and your home could collapse, Carrillo said. If you hear noises or the ground is cracking, you should check it out and leave as soon as you can.

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All beaches in Tijuana were closed on Saturday, and a dozen storm shelters were set up at government buildings and sports arenas.

850 people were evacuated by the Mexican navy from islands off the Baja coast, and nearly 3,000 troops were sent in for emergency operations. Police patrolled blocked beaches in La Paz, the charming capital of the Sea of Cortez state of Baja California Sur, to prevent swimmers from entering the rough surf.

The U.S. Hurricane Center issued tropical storm and potential flood advisories for Southern California, extending from the Pacific coast to the interior mountains and deserts as far north as eastern Oregon and Idaho. Prior to the storm, the sheriff of San Bernardino County issued evacuation orders for a number of mountain and foothill communities, and the sheriff of Orange County issued a similar order for anybody residing in a wildfire burn scar in the Silverado and Williams canyons in the Santa Ana Mountains.

All state beaches in San Diego and Orange counties were closed, while authorities in Los Angeles rushed to get the homeless off the streets and into shelters.

As citizens stocked up on supplies, municipalities throughout the region ran out of free sandbags, and grocery shelves became empty. In order to prevent people from becoming stranded due to flooding, Joshua Tree National Park and Mojave National Preserve in California were shut down by the American National Park Service.

Three Sunday games in Southern California by Major League Baseball were moved to Saturday as part of split doubleheaders, while SpaceX postponed the launch of a satellite-carrying rocket from a station on the central coast of California until at least Monday.

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Prior to the hurricane’s swing toward the United States, the White House reported that President Joe Biden had received a briefing on the most recent preparations. He urged everyone to exercise caution and pay attention to the advice of state and municipal authorities when in the storm’s path.

According to a Federal Emergency Management Agency announcement, teams and officials are standing by with food, water, and other assistance as needed inside California’s emergency readiness office.

Tropical Storm hilary catagory

Hilary quickly developed into a Category 4 major storm on Friday, with top sustained winds reaching 145 mph (230 kph). Early on Saturday, it was a Category 3 storm with winds of 115 mph (185 kph), but it quickly weakened to a Category 2 storm with gusts of 100 mph (161 kph).

It was traveling at a speed of 33 kph by Sunday. A thinly inhabited part of the peninsula south of the Pacific port city of Ensenada was where the hurricane was forecast to make landfall after brushing past Punta Eugenia on the Pacific coast.

The National Hurricane Center reports that on Sunday, one of several developing storm systems in the Atlantic Ocean became Tropical Storm Emily. The strongest sustained winds were 50 mph (85 kph), and it was far from any landmass, roughly 1,000 miles (1,615 kilometers) west-northwest of the Cabo Verde Islands. In the open sea, Emily was traveling at a speed of roughly 10 mph (17 kph).

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