Coachella, California — Several cities in southeastern California, including Coachella, find themselves in the crosshairs of an approaching storm, sparking concerns due to their below-sea-level locations. As Hurricane Hilary, a formidable Category 4 storm, heads towards the region, officials are urging residents to take precautionary measures.
The National Hurricane Center's latest projections indicate that while Hurricane Hilary is expected to weaken and transition into a tropical storm, it remains a potent force that could bring up to five inches of rain to the area over the next five days. Among the cities on high alert, the City of Coachella is below-sea-level status amplifies the risk of flooding and other potential hazards.
San Diego officials have advised residents to prepare for the possibility of sheltering in place and to heed safety guidelines. Meanwhile, the National Weather Service has expanded the tropical storm watch to encompass all of Los Angeles County, home to approximately 10 million people. This watch signifies the potential for tropical storm conditions, including sustained winds of 35 to 80+ mph.
However, the impending storm poses unique challenges for the vulnerable homeless population in Los Angeles County. With an estimated 75,520 individuals experiencing homelessness on any given night, and approximately 55,155 of them unsheltered, local authorities are mobilizing efforts to protect these individuals. Using helicopters, bullhorns, and boots on the ground, officials are working to reach out to those in riverbeds and other outdoor areas to warn them about the incoming storm.
Below you will find the latest briefing from the National Weather Service in San Diego, California on the impacts from Tropical Cyclone Hilary across southern California. This is briefing #4, which was posted on the evening of Friday, August 18, 2023.
Written by: Candyse Arivett
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