August 19, 2023 Hurricane Hilary News (2023)

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7:23 PM ET, August 19, 2023

President Biden addressed Hurricane Hillary

By CNN's Nikki Carvajal

President Joe Biden was briefed by senior staff on Saturday about the latest preparedness plans for Hurricane Hillary and his team's work with state and local agencies ahead of the storm, the White House said.

6:27 p.m. ET, August 19, 2023

Catalina Island is urging residents and visitors at risk to leave before Hillary arrives

By CNN's Raja Razek

August 19, 2023 Hurricane Hilary News (1)

Ahead of the expected extreme weather from Hurricane Hilary, officials on Catalina Island — located off the coast of Southern California — are encouraging visitors and residents "who cannot survive without power and those with medical, access and functional needs ", to leave the island on Saturday. .

The warning was issued "due to the anticipated impact of the storm and possible extended disruptions to SCE's operations,"Newsfrom the city of Avalon reads. Those who want to leave the small island can take the Catalina Express ferry.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and Los Angeles County Fire Department have deployed additional resources to the island, according to the release.

"The Red Cross, Los Angeles County and the City of Long Beach will have services available at the Catalina Express Ferry Terminal, including transportation, shelter and other essential services," the statement said.

(Video) Tracking Hurricane Hilary: Aug. 19 update at 7 a.m.
5:09 p.m. ET, August 19, 2023

Hurricane Hillary weakens to a Category 2 storm

By CNN's Gene Norman

Hurricane Hilary has weakened to a Category 2 storm, with maximum sustained winds of 110 mph, according to the latest update from the National Hurricane Center.

The storm's speed increased a little more to 17 mph. It is currently 640 miles southeast of San Diego.

Some context:Hilary is expected to continue to weaken as it moves north-northwest through cooler waters toward southern California.

Although the forecast consistently called for light winds by the time the storm reached the US, the main source of concern for public safety was the sheer amount of rain the storm brought to very dry areas.

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(Video) Tracking Hilary: ABC 10News Evening Forecast for Aug. 19, 2023
5:04 p.m. ET, August 19, 2023

California is ready to release water from dams if needed, agency director says

By CNN's Raja Razek

State leaders are working with dam operators in Southern California to make sure facilities are ready to release water this weekend if needed in response to Hurricane Hilary, according to California Department of Water Resources Director Karla Nemeth.

"People could see the floodgates opening and the water being released. That's normal flood control and we're expecting at the dams in southern California, in eastern San Diego County -- those types of facilities can be activated," he told press conference on Saturday.

The department has opened a state and federal flood operations center, Nemeth said.

"We're monitoring the potential impact of Hurricane Hilary there," he said, adding that the department is in contact with local flood agencies and that "they have pre-positioned flood control materials and things like sandbags and other materials for the public in the counties of Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Ventura, Santa Barbara and Orange County. We also have materials prepared to fight flooding in Fresno and Kings County and other Central Valley counties as needed."

Nemeth strongly advised people to stay home if they don't need to be out on the streets.

"Please take yourself out of the equation," he said. "We have to make sure all our people are safe, including first responders."

4:51 pm ET, August 19, 2023

Use this checklist to prepare before and during a storm

By Christina Maksouri and CNN's Doug Criss

Hurricane Hillary headed your way? Do not panic. There are many steps you can take to protect yourself, your loved ones and your property.

A checklist can help you get started, with advice fromAmerican Red Cross,Federal Emergency Management Agency, TheDepartment of Homeland SecurityINational Hurricane Center.

Read heretheDownload PDF, which contains links to more details. Anyone in the path of a hurricane is encouraged to check these online resources to stay safe.

Here's some more advice from the National Hurricane Center:

(Video) San Diego County's Saturday Forecast Aug. 19, 2023: Tracking Hurricane Hilary's path

4:08 p.m. ET, August 19, 2023

Sheriff issues evacuation warning for some mountain and hill communities east of Los Angeles

By CNN's Matt Phillips

The San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department has issued an evacuation warning for the communities of Oak Glen, Forest Falls, Mountain Home Village, Angelus Oaks and Northeast Yucaipa, according to a department release.Instagram.

Hurricane Hillary, currently a Category 3 storm, is on track to bring heavy rainfall to the region. Dangerous floods and mudslides are also possible.

Some context:San Bernardino County is east of Los Angeles and the communities listed are in the mountain or foothills.

Oneevacuation warningIt is not a mandatory order for residents to leave home, but is intended to prepare them to be ready to leave at any time. Particularly vulnerable people may decide to evacuate immediately.

3:58 p.m. ET, August 19, 2023

State official warns Californians not to underestimate 'very, very dangerous' storm

By CNN's Raja Razek

August 19, 2023 Hurricane Hilary News (2)

The director of the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services issued a stark warning at a news conference Saturday, saying the approach of Hurricane Hillary "could be one of the most destructive storms to hit California in more than a decade."

"Make no mistake," said Nancy Ward. "This is a very, very dangerous and significant storm."

(Video) Storm Hilary: California and Mexico brace for tropical storm - BBC News

According to Ward, the heavy rainfall and strong winds associated with the storm have already begun and will be felt "well away from the center of the storm moving toward California."

The worst effects are expected on Sunday. You canfollow the storm here.

Ward's agency, the governor's disaster response unit, known as Cal OES, was activated 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to coordinate emergency response and help bring resources to the southern part of the state.

Emergency responders are also proactively deployed throughout Southern California so they can respond quickly to flooding, mudslides and other hazards, Ward said.

"We have pre-positioned high water vehicles with water rescue teams," Cal OES director said. "We also work with utility partners."

"There will be power outages across Southern California," Ward warned. "And we want to make sure we're in close communication with those utilities to make sure they can restore power as quickly as possible."
3:47 p.m. ET, August 19, 2023

LA County Parks announces closures Monday and Tuesday due to the hurricane

From CNN-ove Natasha Chen in Los Angelesa

The Los Angeles County Park System announced Saturday that all county parks, buildings and facilities will be closed Monday and Tuesday as the region braces for heavy rain, possible flooding and strong winds from Hurricane Hilary.

All programs and classes in parks, as well as aquatic centers, beaches, playgrounds, restrooms and trails will remain closed, according to an announcement issued Saturday.

"LA County Parks staff are working around the clock to prepare for Hurricane Hilary and will remain in the parks to monitor safety conditions and impacts," the statement said.

"Although the parks are not fenced off, visitors are encouraged to remain indoors," the Parks Department said.

Sunday's concert by My Morning Jacket and Fleet Foxes at the Hollywood Bowl has also been postponed. The concert will now take place on Monday, August 28, as the iconic outdoor venue announced on its website on Saturday afternoon.

"The Los Angeles County Parks and Recreation Department will close Park facilities on Sunday (August 20) and Monday (August 21), in cooperation with the LA Phil, this includes the Hollywood Bowl and The Ford."accordingnotice of postponement.

(Video) Tracking Hurricane Hilary: Aug. 19 update at 8 a.m.

CNN's Keith Allen and Heather Sinclair contributed to this report.


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