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Posted on: August 18, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Strom tracking: latest update, what to expect for Hilary

Storm tracking city news

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. See below for sandbag, waste collection and street sweeping details.

Hilary is now making its way up Baja as a strong hurricane that is expected to break down as it moves north. 

As of early Saturday, Hilary is expected to cross the border into San Diego County as a tropical storm around midday Sunday. The entire region will see rain, but the current path shows the eye of the storm heading east toward the Palms Springs area.

Rain in Anaheim could come as early as Saturday, and we're already seeing some cloud cover and humidity from the far reaches of the storm.

We are likely to see rain all day Sunday, with the eye of the storm reaching us between noon and 4 p.m. This period is likely to see the heaviest rain and strongest winds.

Rain is expected to continue into Monday and taper off by afternoon or evening.

For Sunday, we could see 2 inches or more of rain, heavy at times. As always, rain can vary by location with east Anaheim likely to see more than other parts of our city.

For Anaheim, winds are currently forecast to be strong and peak Sunday afternoon and evening. We could see winds of 30 mph with stronger shorter gusts 

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 are on duty through the weekend. Our social worker and public safety outreach teams have been and will continue to be out contacting those living in homelessness, including issuing warnings near 

What to do:

* Continue to watch forecasts and updates, including here for Anaheim specific information.

* Follow city of Anaheim on social media for updates.

* Cover and secure things around your home on Saturday.

* Put off all but essential outings for 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.

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. Stations are being replenished Saturday after seeing high demand Friday.

If know one answers at a station, firefighters are on a call. We thank you for your patience — fire crews still need to respond to fire, accidents and all the other calls that come in.

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. 

* Sandbag information can be found at

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.

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