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Hurricane Hillary |  California and Mexico are on high alert

Hurricane Hillary | California and Mexico are on high alert

(Capo San Lucas) hurricane Hillary As the US National Hurricane Center predicted ‘catastrophic and deadly flooding’ for the peninsula and southwestern US, Mexico on Saturday headed towards Baja California, where it was expected to make landfall as a tropical storm on Sunday.


Authorities as far north as Los Angeles rushed to get homeless people off the streets, set up shelters and prepare for evacuations.

Hillary It is expected to make landfall on Mexico’s Baja Peninsula Saturday evening, then track north and go down in the history books as the first tropical storm to hit Southern California in 84 years.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center has issued tropical storm and flood warnings for a wide swath of Southern California, from the Pacific coast to inland mountains and deserts. Officials talked about plans to evacuate Catalina Island in California.

NOAA satellite photo by Associated Press

By early Saturday morning, the storm was located 375 kilometers west of the southern tip of the Baja Peninsula.

“None of us thought we’d be here talking about a hurricane or a tropical storm,” said Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Janice Hahn.

After quickly gaining strength on Friday, Hillary There was a slight delay during the day but on Saturday the winds reached 200 km/h.

By early Saturday morning, the storm was located 375 kilometers west of the southern tip of the Baja Peninsula. It was moving north-northwest at 26 km/h but had to pick up speed.

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According to recent estimates, Hillary Landslides are expected in a sparsely populated area of ​​the Baja Peninsula, south of the Pacific port city of Ensenada.

It is then expected to move north, raising fears of heavy rain and flooding in the border city of Tijuana, home to 1.9 million people.

Mayor Montserrat Caballero Ramirez has indicated the establishment of four shelters in high-risk areas.