Hurricane Hilary strengthened to Category 4 hurricane as it moved up Mexico’s Pacific coast and threatened to bring heavy rain to Southern California in the coming days.
The system is expected to weaken to a tropical storm over the weekend, but that will still mean rare August rain in SoCal. Even trace amounts of rain would be unusual for Los Angeles during the region’s driest month of the year. The most active period of rain for SoCal looks like late Sunday into Monday.
“We’re tracking what could be the remnants of a tropical storm that could bring some rain, especially Sunday into Monday,” said NBC4 forecaster Belen De Leon. “It’s going to become a major hurricane, but as it approaches the southwestern part of the United States it’s going to weaken into a tropical storm. The winds are not going to be as strong, but it’s still going to pack a punch.”
HURRICANE HILARY EXPECTED TO BRING HEAVY RAIN TO L.A. COUNTY THIS SUNDAY
The National Weather Service is warning that a storm brewing off Mexico’s Pacific coast could potentially bring significant rain, rough surf, and dangerous winds to L.A. County beginning late this Sunday through Monday. Some areas could see up to five inches of rain. DPSS urges residents to take precaution and stay updated by signing up for emergency alerts at ready.lacounty.gov and following the department on social media @ReadyLACounty.