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Hurricane Hilary Expected to Bring Heavy Rain to Los Angeles

Potential path of Hurrican Hilary, from the National Hurricane Center.

Hurricane Hilary, currently a Category 4 storm, is on track to make landfall in Southern California and the Baja Peninsula on Sunday. The storm is expected to weaken to a tropical storm by the time it reaches Los Angles, but it is still expected to bring significant rain causing possible strong winds, heavy rain, and potential flooding and flash floods.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami issued its first-ever Tropical Storm Watch for Southern California earlier today. The hurricane is “expected to produce flooding rains and strong winds over much of Baja California and Southern California this weekend and early next week.”

According to the NHC, “heavy rainfall associated with Hilary could produce areas of flash flooding and result in landslides over portions of the Baja California Peninsula late tonight through late Sunday. Rainfall impacts from Hilary within the Southwestern United States areexpected to peak this weekend into Monday. Flash, urban, and arroyo flooding is expected, with the potential for rare and dangerous impacts.”

Rainfall forecast map from the National Hurricane Center.

LA County emergency officials are recommending that residents keep informed and sign up for emergency alerts at Alert LA County. More information on the local weather can be found on the National Weather Service LA website, and in this New York Times story, which also has some great graphics.

Locally, in the past, heavy rain has caused street flooding in our area, and some power outages. If you’ve been thinking about getting a small generator to power your electronic devices during a power outage, now might be a good time to get one. We’ve been putting that off for ages but Hurricane Hilary has motivated us to finally get one recommended by Wirecutter. Stay safe and we will keep buzzing information your way.

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Patricia Lombard
Patricia Lombard
Patricia Lombard is the publisher of the Larchmont Buzz. Patty lives with her family in Fremont Place. She has been active in neighborhood issues since moving here in 1989. Her pictorial history, "Larchmont" for Arcadia Press is available at Chevalier's Books.

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  1. Opportunity blowing in! This is a chance to conserve water by *** turning off your lawn and yard irrigation***. You can probably keep your water off for a week, depending on your particular type of landscaping and the amount of rain that occurs. Our trees can use a good, deep drink at this point. Thanks!

    PS: Please remember to remove all standing water, in plant pot saucers, fountains, etc … so mosquitos don’t gather. Our ankles will be most appreciative!


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