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Posted on: August 20, 2023

Storm tracking: midday Sunday update, heading into storm peak

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ANAHEIM, Calif. (midday Aug. 20, 2023) — Here is your midday Sunday update as we head into the peak of storm Hilary:




From 1-7 p.m., we enter what is forecast to be the strongest rain and wind.


Prepare for steady, heavy rain and wind throughout the afternoon and early evening.


We expect several hours of rain for a daily total of about 2 inches with winds of 20 mph and stronger gusts.


Winds are from the north and northeast before shifting to the west Sunday night.


There can be variations across the 20-mile span of our city. East Anaheim is likely to see the most rain and wind as the center of storm Hilary moves to the east of our city.


There are no major incidents in Anaheim at this time.


Crews are on duty, monitoring and ready to respond.


The most severe regional weather is being seen and is forecast for the mountains and deserts to the east as Hilary moves northeast of our city.

What to know


* Continue to track weather and be aware of conditions.


* As possible, put off nonessential outings.


* Stay inside if we see thunderstorms. 


* We will see water buildup and spot flooding in streets alongside curbs, in driveways, intersections and elsewhere.


* Avoid water buildup in streets, do not drive through flooded areas.


* In areas that typically see heavy rain impacts, including low areas in the west and near slopes in the east, be prepared for heavy water buildup, possible spot flooding and muddy runoff.


* Wind will scatter tree branches, palm fronds and other debris. Be alert around your home and while out.


* 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.


* Weather-driven power outages are possible with crews ready to respond. Report and track outages at or call (714) 765-3300.


* Never approach a downed power line.


* As always, in an emergency call 911.



Sunday night, Monday


Rain and wind will remain through Sunday night, overnight into Monday with clearing projected for the morning.


After about 7 p.m. Sunday, wind is forecast in the teens with rain percentages in the 70s and 80s.


While improved from the afternoon, continue to use caution. 


Most rain is seen clearing by about 8 a.m. Monday with chances of occasional rain.


Storm Hilary summary


As of midday Sunday, storm Hilary made landfall in northern Baja around 11 a.m. It is now approaching San Diego, weakening along the way.


Mexican authorities downgraded Hilary from a hurricane to tropical storm earlier on Sunday.


The center of the storm is expected to reach San Diego sometime after noon, potentially around 3 p.m.


The center of the storm is still seen moving northeast toward the deserts and eventually Nevada, but with a wide path that will bring wind and rain in either direction. 



Monday waste collection, street sweeping


Waste collection will take place as scheduled Monday.


Set out bins later Sunday and make sure to place bins a foot or more from the curb to allow stormwater to flow and to prevent water buildup around your home.


Monday street sweeping is likely with a clearing forecast. 


There will be no citations on Monday.


If you see the street sweeper coming and conditions are favorable, we thank you for moving your vehicle.


Street sweeping amid a storm like this is critical to prevent more debris from washing to our ocean.

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