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Tropical Storm Hilary makes landfall in Baja California with 'life-threatening' rain

This is the first time the National Weather Service has ever issued a tropical storm warning for Southern California.

Published: August 20, 2023 2:46pm

Tropical Storm Hilary made landfall Sunday over Mexico's Baja California peninsula, bringing rain that forecasters warn could be "life-threatening."

The National Weather Service said Hilary, which was downgraded from a hurricane, was still carrying enough rain to make "catastrophic and life-threatening flooding likely over Baja California and portions of the southwestern U.S. through Monday."

As of 11 a.m. Pacific time, Hilary was located about 215 miles south-southeast of San Diego and had maximum sustained wind speeds of 65 mph while it moved at 25 mph.

This is the first time that the National Hurricane Center and the National Weather Service have ever issued a tropical storm warning for Southern California, according to The Weather Channel.

Throughout the region, grocery store shelves emptied and local governments ran out of free sandbags after residents took them to reinforce their homes and keep water at bay.

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