What time will Hillary arrive in San Diego? Real-time weather updates on FOX 5

What time will Hillary arrive in San Diego?  Real-time weather updates on FOX 5

Amber Coakley and Christy Simerall

6 months ago

SAN DIEGO — The center of Tropical Storm Hillary moved through San Diego County Sunday evening, making it the first tropical storm to hit Southern California in 84 years.

On Sunday morning, Hillary was downgraded from a hurricane just hours before making landfall along the Baja California coast, arriving about 150 miles south of Ensenada around 11:20 a.m.

The storm then continued its northward journey, with its center reaching San Diego County by 5 p.m. By 6 p.m., meteorologists said the area had seen the heaviest rainfall. Steady, intermittent rain is expected to continue through the evening as the trailing edge of the storm moves out of the area, Alex Tardy with the National Weather Service told FOX 5.

However, the risk of flash floods will remain, especially for mountain and desert dwellers. The storm was then on track to head north into the interior desert areas.

Preliminary forecasts from the National Weather Service for Hillary’s impact call for estimated rainfall totals of three to six inches in parts of the county, with isolated amounts of around 10 inches.

While the rain was expected to continue into Monday morning, some mountainous areas — such as Mount Laguna — received upwards of six to eight inches in the past 24 hours, according to the NWS’s latest calculations of rainfall totals. Areas west of the mountains average about 10 inches of rainfall per year, according to the San Diego County Water Authority.

Sunday afternoon, the NWS issued several flash flood warnings as far east as Jacumba and as far north as Mount Laguna.

Thousands of San Diego gas and electric customers were without power throughout the afternoon and evening, and power was expected to be restored in many areas by Sunday night.

Around 3:40 p.m., the NWS also issued a short tornado warning for Alpine and Descanso. The warning was lifted by 4 p.m

Trees and branches damaged by strong winds were reported throughout the city in areas including La Jolla, Mission Hills and Allied Gardens.

The storm prompted San Diego Unified School District to postpone the first day of its school year until Tuesday. Across the county, many beaches, public parks, businesses and amenities were closed Sunday.

California Governor Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency on Saturday evening, and San Diego County officials also declared a local state of emergency shortly afterward.

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5 pm – Hillary’s center moved across San Diego County, making it the first tropical storm to hit Southern California in 84 years.

4:30 pm – Gov. Gavin Newsom provided an update on the storm’s impact, reiterating that residents should continue to take precautions through Monday night. “Don’t take anything for granted,” Newsom said. “If you think, ‘Okay, the sky’s clear and I can go for a long jog or walk…just be careful, and wait until this time tomorrow night.’

3:50 pm – A flash flood watch has been issued for eastern San Diego County, including El Cajon, Santee and Poway, until 5 p.m.

3:40 pm – A tornado warning has been issued for the mountain communities of Alpine and Descanso. The warning continues until four in the afternoon

1:30 p.m – The San Diego Unified School District announces the postponement of the first day of school until Tuesday “out of an abundance of caution.”

1:04 pm – A flash flood watch has been issued for northeastern San Diego County, including Borrego Springs, until 4:15 p.m.

12:48 pm – A flash flood watch has been issued for central San Diego County, including Descanso, until 4 p.m

11:25 am – A flash flood watch has been issued for southeast San Diego County, including Mount Laguna, Jacumba and Boulevard, until 2:30 p.m.

11:20 am – Tropical Storm Hillary makes landfall along Mexico’s Baja coast

9:50 am – Widespread precipitation continues northward across Southern California

7:38 am. – Hillary is “very close” to the west coast of Baja California, the National Hurricane Center says

7:30 am – Hillary was downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical storm with winds of up to 70 mph

5:30 am – Gusty east to northeast winds begin to strengthen along and below the coastal slopes of the mountains with gusts exceeding 40 mph at Crestwood in the San Diego County Mountains and Fremont Canyon in the Santa Ana Mountains, NWS says

5:25 am – Rain continues to spread across the area with the NWS warning that heavy rain is expected during the late morning hours

1:30 am – Light rain will spread mostly to Southern California

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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