Hurricane Hilary is heading toward Southern California, expected to bring heavy rain, storm force winds, and potential flash flooding to parts of the area. The National Weather Service has issued a tropical storm watch for Los Angeles County for the first time ever, with the worst conditions expected on Sunday and Monday.
On Sunday morning, the storm was downgraded to a tropical storm, with officials expecting it to weaken further before it reaches southern California. However, the storm is still projected to produce 3–6 inches of rain throughout Southern California, with up to 10 inches and potentially catastrophic flash flooding in some areas. Officials are also projecting strong winds, a storm surge along the coast, and even the possibility of tornadoes throughout the Southwest.
“As we head into this weekend, I urge Angelenos to continue monitoring the hurricane and be mindful of extreme weather warnings,” LA Mayor Karen Bass said on Friday. “We know the severe impact that weather can have on our communities. I am making sure Los Angeles is prepared on behalf of our residents, including the unhoused Angelenos living on our streets, to get through this storm.”
The best way to prepare for an emergency is to have a plan in place. Gather essential supplies (food, water, medications) and form a communication strategy in the event of a power outage.
Ready LA County is an initiative aimed at helping residents prepare for emergencies. Their website offers guidance on creating a family emergency plan, assembling an emergency kit, and staying informed during disasters.
Mayor Karen Bass announced preparedness measures the City of Los Angeles is taking for heavy rain and winds, and urged Angelenos to stay vigilant and utilize city resources. Learn more here.