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Hilary Weakens to Tropical Storm, Still Brings Heavy Rain, Strong Winds to Southern California

Hilary, which was once a Category 4 hurricane, has weakened to a tropical storm but is still expected to bring heavy rain and strong winds to Southern California through Tuesday. The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for the San Bernardino Mountains and foothills, where up to 6 inches of rain could fall. A flood advisory is in effect for the Los Angeles County mountains and foothills, where up to 3 inches of rain could fall.

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Ronald Mendiola returns his home through a flooded street after Tropical Storm Hilary passed Cathedral City, California, U.S., August 21, 2023. REUTERS/Bryan Woolston?

The storm has already caused widespread flooding and power outages in Southern California. Several roads have been closed due to flooding. Some residents have been evacuated from their homes.

The storm is expected to weaken and move out of California on Wednesday. However, the National Weather Service has warned that there is still a risk of flooding and mudslides in the region.

Here are some tips for staying safe during the storm:

  • Stay informed about the latest weather conditions.
  • Avoid driving through flooded areas.
  • Be prepared to evacuate if necessary.
  • Monitor weather reports and follow the instructions of local officials.

The National Weather Service has also advised residents to:

  • Move to higher ground if you live in an area prone to flooding.
  • Secure loose objects that could be blown away by strong winds.
  • Bring pets indoors.
  • Have a plan for what to do if you lose power.

If you are traveling in Southern California, please be aware of the potential for flooding and road closures. Allow extra time for your commute and be prepared to take detours.

The storm is a reminder of the importance of being prepared for natural disasters. If you live in an area that is prone to flooding or mudslides, please have a plan in place and make sure you are prepared to evacuate if necessary.

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