Magnitude 5.0 earthquake as California braced for Tropical Storm Hilary: Live updates

California prepares for Hurricane Hilary

Hurricane Hilary has now weakened into a tropical storm, according to forecasters, but officials warn that the weather pattern could bring dangerous conditions to coastal Mexico and the US Southwest.

The remnants of the hurricane made landfall on Sunday in a sparsely populated area about 150 miles norther of Ensenada, Mexico, according to forecasters.

At the same time as California prepared for the arrival of the storm, a magnitude 5.1 earthquake struck on Sunday afternoon.

Even before the centre of the storm began passing over land, Mexico’s Baja peninsula was inundated, with flood waters washing layers of earth over towns like Santa Rosalía.

The storm is expected to remain at tropical storm strength as it reaches Southern California late Sunday.


It’s one disaster after another in Southern California as earthquake hits

The quake was centered in Ventura County, about 4 miles southeast of Ojai, which sits 80 miles northwest of Los Angeles.

Follow the latest details in our breaking news story.

Josh Marcus20 August 2023 23:19


Meanwhile in Orange County…

The US Coast Guard is warning of heavy, dangerous surf that will arrive as Tropical Storm Hilary passes over Los Angeles and its surrounding counties.

That didn’t stop surfers in Laguna Beach from grabbing a few more waves, as Andrew Turner of the Daily Pilot captured in this video clip.

Josh Marcus20 August 2023 23:00


PHOTO: California governor signs state of emergency declaration on hood of humvee

As Tropical Storm Hilary barreled towards California, governor Gavin Newsom signed a declaration establishing a State of Emergency for much of Southern California.

He signed the decree on the hood of a National Guard humvee and urged residents to “stay safe and listen to emergency officials.”

Josh Marcus20 August 2023 22:30


Hilary could bring winds of 75 mph to San Diego

Tropical Storm Hilary may be weakening as it heads north, but it still will be a powerful weather system as it travels over California this afternoon.

Josh Marcus20 August 2023 22:00


Nevada city prepares for flooding with sand bags

The city of Henderson, Nevada, is one of many places across the Southwestern US bracing for heavy winds and flooding ahead of the arrival of Tropical Storm Hilary.

The storm is expected to linger over the US until Monday.

Josh Marcus20 August 2023 21:31


Los Angeles flooding begins before Hilary arrives in city

Los Angeles is already flooding, even though Tropical Storm Hilary isn’t expected to pass over the city until later this afternoon.

NBC Los Angeles reporter Alex Rozier captured a video showed cars and busses struggling through flooded streets on Sunday morning.

Josh Marcus20 August 2023 21:01


Flash flood warning covering millions issued for Los Angeles

The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Warning covering millions of people in the Los Angeles area.

The danger zone encompasses over 9 million people in Los Angeles and outlying communities including Long Beach, Malibu, and the San Fernando Valley.

The warning lasts until 7.45pm Sunday evening.

Josh Marcus20 August 2023 21:00


Tornadoes could form in Southern California as Tropical Storm Hilary advances

There’s a highly likelihood that the Southern California desert will see the rare sight of tornadoes on Sunday because of Tropical Storm Hilary.

The National Weather Service said on Sunday that there’s a 40 per cent chance of a Tornado Watch in the area near Palm Springs.

Josh Marcus20 August 2023 20:40


City workers prepare for flooding in LA’s Union Station with pumps and sandbags

Municipal workers in Los Angeles on Sunday prepared for the arrival of Tropical Storm Hilary by deploying sand bags and water pumps at the Union Station rail hub.

Metro Los Angeles captured photos of the preparations.

Josh Marcus20 August 2023 20:20


They don’t seem too worried in Orange County…

Tropical Storm Hilary is expected to bring heavy winds, rains, and large waves throughout Southern California, but the surfers of Orange County seem to be relishing the conditions.

Surf photographer Ricky Blake captured this scene this morning in northern Orange County.

Josh Marcus20 August 2023 19:59

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