Hurricane Center Director Michael Brennan: “Rainfall flooding has been the biggest killer in tropical storms and hurricanes in the United States in the past 10 years and you don’t want to become a statistic.”
Residents are reminded to carry an emergency kit containing essentials like water, non-perishable snacks, a flashlight, blankets, and a first-aid kit in case of unexpected situations.
As parts of Death Valley National Park are already flooding, the Park will likely lose power, according to the National Park Service.
If you have to drive, never attempt to drive through flooded areas. Turn around and find an alternative route.
NBC: Almost 1,000 flights canceled in the U.S. as Hilary approaches.
As the storm approaches, California Director of the Department of Social Services, Kim Johnson, reminds residents: “Check in on your neighbors. We are stronger together.”
Significant rainfall and flooding are projected throughout Southern California starting this afternoon and into Monday, according to the National Weather Services. Tropical Storm Hilary could produce 3 inches/hour in some spots, according to NBC.
...the cool air is setting in, but don't be fooled! A flash flood advisory is still in effect until 8:00 pm for L.A. County. As storms often change intensity, the forecast changes. Currently, tropical storm Hilary is expected to reach Southern California this afternoon.
Hilary is gaining speed (at 25 mph) as it approaches landfall in Mexico's Baja California. At least one person has died in Mexico as the storm moves along Baja California. The victim's vehicle was swept away near the city of Santa Rosalía, according to CNN.
California officials are asking residents with extra sand bags to share with neighbors and friends.