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Hurricane Hilary Live Updates: Category 4 Storm Barrels Toward California

The hurricane is expected to weaken, but the National Weather Service warned that the storm was expected to bring “significant impacts” to the Southwestern U.S.

The incoming storm “is potentially an unprecedented extreme weather event” for Los Angeles and the region, but Mayor Karen Bass said that the city is prepared.

“We’re not waiting for the storm to hit,” Bass said at a news conference.

There could be flash flooding across the Los Angeles area, according to the National Weather Service, and there could be tropical-storm force winds.

A tropical storm watch for Southern California was changed tonight to a tropical storm warning, the National Hurricane Center said in a 11 p.m. ET (8 p.m. PT) advisory.

The tropical storm warning now extends from the California-Mexico border to Point Mugu, which is close to Oxnard on the Pacific Coast, and including Catalina Island, the agency said.

Hurricane Hilary is forecast to weaken to a tropical storm by the time it reaches Southern California, which the hurricane center said was forecast to occur by Sunday night.

But heavy rain and possible flooding are a risk for California and other parts of the U.S. Southwest.

Source : nbcnews