San Diego County under Tropical Storm Warning as Hilary approaches YouTube Video
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Hurricane Hilary churned off Mexico’s Pacific coast Friday as a powerful Category 4 storm threatening to unleash torrential rains on the mudslide-prone border city of Tijuana before heading into Southern California as the first tropical storm there in 84 years.
Forecasters warned the storm could cause extreme flooding, mudslides and even tornadoes across the region.
San Diego County under Tropical Storm Warning as Hilary approaches Automated Transcript By Speak
We begin tonight with the historic storm heading our way. We are now under a tropical storm warning. The National Hurricane Center upgraded the tropical storm watch a little after eight o’clock tonight. Good evening and thanks so much for joining us. I’m Marcella Lee and I’m Jesse Pagan.
The upgrade to a tropical storm warning means we will see tropical storm force winds within the next 36 hours. Right now, Hillary is a category four hurricane south of Baja California where people are already feeling it. We have team coverage tonight from all across San Diego County.
Our Steve Fiorina is live in Mission Bay with how water from businesses are getting ready. Roso de La is live in San showing you what to do if the power goes out. And CBS eight’s Anna Laurel is live on Coronado tonight with the disbelief and denial from some San Diegans. We start with CBS eight chief meteorologist Carlene Chavis with everything we know right now,
Carlene, yeah, that latest update did come in and so we were talking about a watch the first ever being issued for Southern California, but now it’s a warning. So let’s go ahead and take a look at the latest when it does come to Hillary, it is still a major hurricane, the size of Texas. You’re talking about a category four hurricane that’s just towards the southern tip of Baja California over about 280 miles. Um That’s just towards the southwest and you’re talking about maximum sustained wind speeds at about 100 and 30 MPH. So those wind speeds have come down from earlier today when we had it up to about 100 and 45 MPH. So it is starting to show signs of weakening. It’s moving towards the north northwest at about 13 MPH. It looks to be just towards the west of Baja California as a category one hurricane before making its impact here for us in southern California, especially for San Diego County. And that would be a little bit after 5 p.m. as a tropical storm. But the catch is a lot of the wind and rain is going to come well ahead of that center of circulation moving over us. So we’ll go ahead and break down what we’re expecting for each region coming up in your complete forecast. And a lot of people are talking about hurricane Hillary online, but it seems like a lot of people really don’t think something’s going to happen.
CBS eight’s Anna Laurel spent the day talking to people along the beach and she is now live near the hotel Del Coronado and here’s something else, Anna, you’ve covered a lot of hurricanes in your career. Is San Diego getting ready. Like other places when it comes to hurricanes,
Carlene, you’ve covered a lot of hurricanes. You might be surprised at what I saw today. No, people are not getting ready. The hotel de behind me, none of the windows are boarded up and you know, that is something that typically people do that are getting ready to have a hurricane or tropical storm head their way. I did speak with the mayor of Coronado tonight. He says that the city went ahead and cleared out the storm drains to be ready for all the extra water and they gave out all the sandbags that they have. But for the average citizen that I spoke with tonight, they act like nothing is about to happen all along Ocean Boulevard on Coronado Island. The windows of the beautiful multi million dollar homes reflect a perfect California sunset patio furniture still sits outside. It does not look like a hurricane. The size of the state of Texas is barreling just hours south of here. Does it look like we’re getting ready for a hurricane here? Lisette Vazquez is in town on vacation from Houston. She’s seen her share of hurricanes and tropical storms. They start boarding things up, they start closing things and like they start, you know, getting everything together, they’re not prepared. What are you doing to get ready for this hurricane.
You’re looking at it
like everyone we saw tonight, Chad James was enjoying a beautiful Friday night at the beach. He runs the PB surf shop. He says the storm that hit in January and flooded the Mission Beach boardwalk did not hurt his shop. So he feels like it should be safe this weekend, or at least he hopes it will
be starting January 1st here. It’s been completely weird. So I guess we just expect anything to happen. I just think we’re not used to it. You know, when someone says a tropical storm or a hurricane is coming, I don’t think they’re used to it. Walden Keys
is a life long Mission Beach resident and business owner here.
I haven’t seen one window here on the oceanfront. Anywhere here in Mission Beach or Pacific Beach has been boarded. He did see
a couple people bag some sandbags. Not sure if a couple will help the reaction all over the boardwalk is the same. Is it really going to hit? We don’t, we don’t believe it’s going to hit a little San Diego denial. You
see that happen with a lot of other hurricanes at different times, right? People weren’t really prepared and they didn’t take it very seriously and look what happened. So I think no matter what, you never know, mother nature is unpredictable.
Mother nature is unpredictable. Look, I’ve covered about a dozen hurricanes and tropical storms and there are those that are predicted to be major massive monster. Zs don’t pan out that way. Ok. But there are others that are just predicted to be average, let’s say, and it turns into something that major rain, major flooding that will change people’s lives negatively. So that’s why as journalists, we continue to beat the drum and make sure that you at home are ready and are safe right now. Let’s go to Roso De La Face. She’s live in San for us. She’s got some helpful tips with what to do in case your power goes out.
Well, Anna, you know, some people you spoke to say they’re still in denial. But others I spoke to today say they’d rather be safe than sorry when it comes to the store. I spoke to people who made these last minute trips to grocery stores, hardware stores as well as gas stations.
I haven’t seen anything like this in my entire
life. San Diegans are filling up stores across the county as Hurricane Hillary inches closer to southern California. It’s
mayhem. There’s lines, people are lined up halfway down the aisles just
yesterday. Stacks of water bottles lined the outside of the responses. In Claremont. Today we watched as workers brought out dozens of new cases as everybody
thinks it’s COVID all over again. 2.0
over at Miramar at Harbor Freight tools. Staff say they’ve been selling more generators, tarps and sand than ever.
I notice on the shelves, most of the tarps are gone. Jim
Hogan says he bought this tarp to help cover a friend’s roof. He first came to the hardware store yesterday and found the shelves full. But today he says there were only two tarps left. He thinks the storm won’t be too bad but believes people should take the necessary steps to protect their
homes to have some weather proofing around your house. Whatever you think is susceptible to damage, you know, take precautions in that area.
In the case, you need to power up your generator. Make sure to use a carbon monoxide detector inside your home. Generator. Exhaust contains carbon monoxide which can be deadly. Never operate a generator indoors because that could lead to a build up of carbon monoxide, make sure to place generators at least 20 ft from all windows and doors. Now, one thing to keep in mind this weekend is that if you still haven’t gone out to purchase essential items for the storm, the stores are likely to be a little more chaotic than usual. So that’s one thing to keep in mind you still have tomorrow to get out and be able to buy essential items. Now, let’s go to Steve Fiorina who’s live in Mission Bay with the latest on how businesses are preparing.
One business you might be thinking of is Seaworld. For instance, they say that the safety of its animals, its guests, its employees is top priority. They have comprehensive weather and emergency plans in place and they are carefully watching the progress of the storm as of right now.
Seaworld plans to be open. That’s generally the plan along Mission Boulevard in old Mission Beach bars and shops have been through storms and flooding time and again, take a look at the fierce winds and driving rain of years past the streets underwater and many stores and other businesses, sandbags help but not totally palm trees blowing and swaying.
It’s an event. Dick Kavali is the owner of the pennant. He’s not moving. We’re going to stay open. You know, I’ve worked on tuna boats for 10 years and we know what a big storm you run away from it at an angle. The impending storm doesn’t worry him so much being on land as compared to being out on the ocean. His bartenders on the same page. We’re not too worried. We’re gonna stay open and probably have a good time down the street. Mission market plans to do business as well.
We’re gonna stay open, we’re gonna put sandbags and yeah, we can deal with it. It’s business. We can’t close. We’re a grocery store. We’re essential. We have all the survival foods. We’ll put the sandbags up front there and then we’ll see once the day hits and we’ll pretty much go from there.
The beach homes, realty office closed today with a nice set of loaded sandbags guarding the front door and homeowner around the corner covered up some flowers and plants to protect them. This is likely to be a weekend to remember for anyone and everyone in the path of Hillary.
I’m definitely face it. All right. It’s going down to a tropical storm once it hits land. So check it out, check out the rain, see the vibes and those vibes could be pretty heavy. Let’s hope we all manage to stay safe.
Right. Steve. Have you learned about any other places besides businesses and their plans for the weekend?
As a matter of fact, San Diego State has announced that on Monday, it’s going to be virtual learning. They want to make sure that everyone there is safe and able to attend classes in person on Tuesday.