Tropical Storm Hilary has rapidly intensified overnight and has now developed into a hurricane, according to the National Hurricane Center. The storm has the potential to bring "significant impacts" to the Baja California Peninsula and surrounding areas over the weekend through Monday.
Heavy Rainfall and Possible Flash Flooding
Meteorologists are expecting the hurricane to bring heavy rainfall and possible flash flooding across southern California, which may lead to landslides throughout the Baja Peninsula. The National Weather Service has issued this warning.
Anticipated Strength and Landfall
Forecasters predict that Hilary will strengthen into a Category 4 hurricane by Thursday evening. However, as it approaches landfall over the weekend, it is expected to weaken.
Tropical Storm Watches Issued
The National Hurricane Center has already issued tropical storm watches for the southern portions of Baja California. More watches and warnings are likely to be in effect later on Thursday.
Current Location and Movement
Hilary is currently located several hundred miles southeast of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, and is moving toward the west-northwest. It is accompanied by winds reaching 75 mph.