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Posted on: August 20, 2023

Storm tracking: Sunday evening update with rain, wind

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ANAHEIM, Calif. (evening Aug. 20, 2023) — Here is your Sunday evening update for storm Hilary:


We are seeing and expecting the strongest winds through around 8 p.m. with wind and steady rain continuing beyond that.

According to the National Hurricane Center the center of the storm is moving past us, more westerly than first thought but also not as severe as the most drastic projections.

We could see intermittent rain, with percentages in the 60s, 70 and 80s, up until about 11 p.m. and midnight, where rain chances return to close to 100 percent.

Winds are seen moderating to about 20 mph or in the high teens after 8 p.m.

As of 7 p.m., Anaheim roads are wet and slick with some water buildup along curbs and intersections.

But overall things are relatively calm across Anaheim. Continue to watch weather and conditions and be cautious.

We have had responded to several tree calls, including a few downed tree and the others fallen branches.

Power impacts have been minimal with two for the day as of early evening. Crews are working to restore the remainder of an outage at Katella and Chapman avenues near Harbor Boulevard.

We also addressed a blocked catch basin at Beach Boulevard and Ball Road.  

Crews remain on duty, monitoring and ready to respond.

If best estimates continue to hold, this is on par with a strong winter storm, like we saw in late 2022 and January, but with higher temperatures and humidity.

 With what we’ve already seen and what’s to come, we expect a daily total of about 2 inches of rain.


Crews remain on duty, monitoring and ready to respond.

Continue to use caution.




As if Hilary weren’t enough, some in our city may have felt an earthquake at 2:41 p.m. It was centered near Ojai in Ventura County, about 115 miles north, and was measured at 5.1 with aftershocks.


There are no reports of injuries or major damage in Ojai area and no known issues in Anaheim.


Other updates, what to know:


* Continue to track weather and be aware of conditions.

* Follow city of Anaheim social media for updates and responses to community questions.


* Weather-driven power outages are possible with crews ready to respond.

* Charge phones, have flashlights and think about what to do if power goes out.


* We have seen a handful of outages today, all quickly addressed. Report and track outages at or call (714) 765-3300.


* Never approach a downed power line.


* Businesses are open across our city with no major issues. But use your judgement for nonessential outings and consider staying home during the strongest rain and wind.


* We have seen and 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.


* 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.


Sunday night, Monday


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


After about 8 p.m. Sunday, wind is forecast in the teens with rain percentages in the 70s and 80s and steadily declining.


While improved, continue to use caution into the evening hours.


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


With an improving forecast, schools could be open on Monday. But, please, check with your school or district.


Monday waste collection, street sweeping


Waste collection will take place as scheduled Monday.


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. But 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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