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In pictures, in pictures.  Hurricane Hillary is coming, Mexican Baja California and California block

In pictures, in pictures. Hurricane Hillary is coming, Mexican Baja California and California block

It is a weakened hurricane, but a hurricane that will hit Mexico’s Baja California state overnight Saturday into Sunday.

read more: Hurricane Hillary: Mexico, California Expect Historic Flooding

Hurricane Hillary went from a Category 4-5 on the Saffir-Simpson scale in days to a Category 2 this Saturday, hours after weakening to a Category 3.

On the other hand, its course does not change and its rains are very heavy. Mexico’s coastal resorts are bracing for heavy rains as US and Mexican officials warn of flood risks.

In Cabo San Lucas, Baja California’s most popular tourist town, the hurricane was already 300 kilometers from the coast, but the winds were already blowing very hard. It would be another fifteen hours before his eyes reached the seaside resort.

A Medano beach installation during the rain and storm surge of Hurricane Hillary in Cabo San Lucas, Baja California, Mexico on August 19, 2023. | Alfredo Estrella / AFP

A Medano beach installation during the rain and storm surge of Hurricane Hillary in Cabo San Lucas, Baja California, Mexico on August 19, 2023. | Alfredo Estrella / AFP

Mexican authorities have banned access to beaches in the region during the hurricane’s passage.

Also read: How are California and Mexico preparing for Hurricane Hillary?

Residents and tourists should avoid leaving their homes or hotels, and restrict access to beaches, marinas and areas near rivers.

Beacons block passage along Medano Beach as Hurricane Hillary hits Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula on August 19, 2023 in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Montserrat Zavala / Reuters

Beacons block passage along Medano Beach as Hurricane Hillary hits Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula on August 19, 2023 in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Montserrat Zavala / Reuters

Meanwhile, residents are protecting their homes or businesses as best they can.

Restaurant workers attach safety boards to the walls of a restaurant in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico’s Baja California state, on August 18, 2023. Alfredo Estrella / AFP

Restaurant workers attach safety boards to the walls of a restaurant in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico’s Baja California state, on August 18, 2023. Alfredo Estrella / AFP

Agency photographer in Long Beach, Southern California Reuters Zaydee Sancher captures historic residence Gabriella Holt outside her beach house.

Gabriella Holt, Aug 19, 2023. | ZAYDEE / SANCHER / REUTERS

Gabriella Holt, Aug 19, 2023. | ZAYDEE / SANCHER / REUTERS

Large sandbars, hastily erected over the last few days, are to protect the bathing facilities from the waves. But it’s the rain that’s worrying: parts of Southern California could get one to three years of rain in just two days.

Sand dunes line the beach to protect coastal homes in Long Beach, Calif., on August 19, 2023. | Carolyn Brehman / EPA / MAXPPP

Sand dunes line the beach to protect coastal homes in Long Beach, Calif., on August 19, 2023. | Carolyn Brehman / EPA / MAXPPP

According to the National Weather Service, the last time a tropical storm made landfall in Southern California was on September 15, 1939.

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