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Flood watch issued for Greater Palm Springs Area as Hurricane Hillary threatens to dump five inches of rain on desert

Ed Walsh
National Weather service warns desert communities in the Greater Palm Springs area of flooding from Hurricane Hillary.Photo byNational Weather Service

Rains from Hurricane Hillary are expected to dump five inches of rain in the Greater Palm Springs Area, which normally gets that much rain in a year. The rains are expected to start Saturday, Aug. 19 and continue through Monday, Aug. 21.

"The US National Weather Service San Diego California has issued a Flood Watch for the Coachella Valley ahead of Hurricane Hilary. Between Saturday and Monday we will likely see several inches of rain, leading to flooding," The City of Cathedral City said in a statement Thursday. "The track of Hilary is still being refined, so make sure you are prepared for the impacts this Saturday through Monday."
Hurricane Hillary's predicted pathPhoto byNational Weather Service

The National Weather Service San Diego said late Thursday that Hurricane Hilary will continue to move north and weaken as it comes closer to Baja California and Southern California Saturday through Monday. This weather service stated the the hurricane will bring heavy rain, strong winds, as well as locally high surf and beach erosion.

Rain in the Coachella Valley cities, including Palm Springs, will start Saturday afternoon, the weather service predicts.

"The heaviest rainfall will occur on Sunday and Monday. Windy conditions will begin Sunday afternoon through Monday morning," the weather service stated. "This will potentially be a very heavy rain event for these areas, so please make sure to keep an eye on road conditions and areas around your residence for flooding and wind impacts. Turn around, Don't drown.

"West of the Mountains: Increasing clouds and showers/storms starting later Saturday, potentially starting not until Saturday night," the weather service continued. "The heaviest rain will fall Sunday afternoon into Monday morning. Still a very tricky forecast with the winds for this region, so be prepared for gusty winds and tree limb damage. "

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