ANAHEIM, Calif. (morning of Aug. 19, 2023) — We continue to track and prepare for storm Hilary. As of Saturday morning, here is the latest and what to expect.
Hilary is now making its way up Baja as a strong hurricane that is expected to break down as it moves north.
The hurricane is set to break down as it moves over land and cooler ocean water along our coast.
We could see Hilary arrive in Anaheim as a tropical storm with heavy rain and strong winds peaking Sunday night and into early Monday.
Rain could come as early as Saturday night and through Monday, but, again, the peak is currently forecast for Sunday night.
We could see 2 inches or more of rain, heavy at times, on Sunday. As always, rain can vary by location with east Anaheim likely to see more than other parts of our city.
The most severe forecasts are predicted for areas east of Anaheim, in the mountains, desert and high deserts.
For Anaheim, winds are currently forecast to be strong and peak Sunday night from about 6 p.m. to midnight. We could see winds of 25 mph with shorter gusts up to 60 mph.
Winds mostly will be from the east, similar to a Santa Ana wind. But we’ll also see sporadic wind, including from the west.
East Anaheim is likely to see the strongest wind, with the west also seeing varying winds off the ocean.
City crews have been preparing for the storm and will be on duty through the weekend. Our outreach teams have been and will continue to be out contacting those living in homelessness.
What to do:
* Continue to watch forecasts and updates.
* Follow city of Anaheim on social media for updates.
* Cover and secure things around your home before or by Sunday.
* Stay home during the heaviest rain and wind.
* Throughout the storm, prepare for strong wind and rain while driving or outside.
* Watch for water build up on streets and wind-blown debris.
* Be watchful of trees during peak rain and wind. Should you see an immediate tree concern, call police dispatch at (714) 765-1900 for routing to Public Works.
* Sandbag information can be found at Anaheim.net/BeRainReady.
Sand and sandbags
Sand and sandbags are available at the Anaheim Public Works Yard from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, or until out.
The yard is at 400 E. Vermont Ave. at Olive Street in downtown. You'll pull into the front entrance at Vermont and Olive.
Anaheim's 11 fire stations across the city also have empty sandbags available.
You also buy sand and bags at home improvement stores.
With empty bags, use dirt and soil from around your home to fill and then replace later. It's an effective and sustainable way to use sandbags.
Monday waste collection and street sweeping
Waste collection is as scheduled for Monday routes.
Make sure to place your bins a foot or more away from the curb to allow stormwater to flow, to prevent flooding around your home and to ensure bins don't get carried away.
Street sweeping is tentative for Monday.
We will sweep in light rain or a break in rain to help prevent debris from reaching the ocean. Sadly, with major rain, a large amount of waste and debris makes it to our coast, harming the environment and marine life.
In any event, there will be no citations on Monday.
If you see the street sweeper and conditions are good, we thank you for moving your vehicle and making way.
Sweeping for Tuesday routes will take place as expected with citations to help clean up after the storm.