California: Category 4 hurricane Hilary set to weaken before reaching California on Sunday


MEXICO CITY: Category 4 Hurricane Hilary was rushing toward Mexico’s Baja California peninsula on Friday morning, threatening to bring « significant flooding » to parts of the region as well as the Southwestern United States, a U.S. government agency said.

Hurricane Hilary intensified

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

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. »



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