California Braces As Hurricane Hilary Reaches Cat 4

CBS News reports:

As of early Friday, Hurricane Hilary was located about 400 miles south of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, with maximum sustained winds of 145 mph, making it a “major” Category 4, the National Hurricane Center said, adding that it is “large and powerful.”

The storm was moving west-northwest at 13 mph, with a turn toward the northwest expected Friday morning, followed by a turn toward the north-northwest and north on Saturday, according to the center.

It is set to impact the southwestern U.S. with heavy rainfall starting Friday through early next week, “peaking on Sunday and Monday.” The last time Southern California was hit by a tropical storm was in 1939, before storms were given names, CBS News senior weather and climate producer David Parkinson said.

USA Today reports:

Hurricane Hilary is rapidly intensifying in the Pacific Ocean and could bring heavy rain and flash flooding to southern California and Nevada by the weekend, forecasters said.

The hurricane could potentially bring “significant impacts” to parts of the Baja California Peninsula and the southwestern United States this weekend, including rainfall of up to 12 inches in the Southern California mountains, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Hilary is expected to bring a risk of flash flooding and heavy rainfall in southern California, southern Nevada and western Arizona, the hurricane center said. The most rainfall ever recorded during the month of August in San Diego was 2.13 inches in 1977, the weather service said Thursday.