“A Tropical Storm Watch has now been issued for much of Southern California,” the post read. “This is the first Tropical [Storm] Watch issued by the National Hurricane Center for Southern California.” The post also quoted an earlier post that issued a stark warning about some of the havoc that Hilary could bring with it. With both “hurricane conditions” and “tropical storm conditions” expected, the NWS warned about the potential for flash flooding and landslides in parts of the country that will be affected by Hilary. NWS San Diego had announced less than a day earlier that Hilary was upgraded to a Category 3 hurricane, highlighting how quickly it can intensify:
A Tropical Storm Watch has now been issued for much of Southern California. This is the first Tropical Strom Watch issued by the National Hurricane Center for Southern California. Please see the latest advisory for more information: https://t.co/g1SCAh22Of #CAwx https://t.co/TZnTL9pwPW— NWS San Diego (@NWSSanDiego) August 18, 2023
“The center of Hurricane Hilary is moving toward the northwest at 10 mph,” the Fox report notes. “A turn toward the northwest and north-northwest is expected Friday, followed by a faster motion toward the north Saturday night and Sunday.” Hurricane Hilary is expected to weaken to a tropical storm by the time it makes landfall. This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.
Hilary has been upgraded to a Category 3 (Major) hurricane as of 5 PM PDT. Hilary is expected to strengthen further tomorrow, before weakening on approach to Southern California. Expect very heavy rain and tropical storm-force winds in SoCal Sat-Mon.#CAwx pic.twitter.com/hat2gf2YhS— NWS San Diego (@NWSSanDiego) August 18, 2023