Hurricane Hilary threatening to bring « significant flooding » to parts of the region as well as the Southwestern United States (File photo/IANS)
Hilary was moving west-northwest at nearly 13 miles (20 km) per hour, packing maximum sustained winds of nearly 145 mph (230 kmh), after being upgraded to a Category 4 overnight, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said in its latest advisory.
Hilary will still be a hurricane when it approaches the west coast of Baja California over the weekend, but is expected to weaken to a tropical storm before reaching Southern California on Sunday afternoon, it added.
Hurricane Hilary impact (File photo/Crumpa)
A storm surge could produce coastal flooding and destructive waves along the western Baja California peninsula of Mexico, the agency added.
Rainfall of 3 to 6 inches (7.6 to 15 cm) is expected across portions of Southern California and southern Nevada, which « would lead to significant and rare impacts. »