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One dead, four rescued in Baja California peninsula

Associated Press

One person drowned Saturday in the Mexican town of Santa Rosalia, on the Baja California peninsula’s eastern coast, when a vehicle was swept away in an overflowing stream.

Rescue workers managed to save four other people, said Edith Aguilar Villavicencio, the mayor of Mulegé township.

It was not immediately clear whether officials considered the fatality related to Hilary, but video posted by local officials showed torrents of water coursing through the town’s streets.

Hilary to bring ‘life-threatening’ flooding to Southwest

Leila Sackur

Tens of millions will be placed under a tropical storm warning Sunday as Hilary moves towards southern California, bringing heavy rainfall and potentially “life threatening” flash flooding, the National Weather Service said in an advisory Sunday.

Strong winds could down trees and power lines and normally dry Arroyos could see mudslides and debris flows, the advisory said.

Stormy conditions at sea will produce large swells with dangerous surf and strong rip currents, it added.

California state beaches and parks closed ahead of storm

Dennis Romero

California State Parks said today it was shutting down state beaches from the U.S.-Mexico border to Bolsa Chica near the southern boundary of Los Angeles County as a precaution.

Beach closures were scheduled tomorrow and Monday, state parks said in a statement.

Additionally, state parks expected to be in the path of Hilary, including Cuyamaca State Park, Ocotillo Wells State Vehicular Recreation Area, and Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, were also scheduled to be closed tomorrow and Monday, the department said.

Those inland locations, near what was forecast to be the hardest hit communities — desert areas and inland mountain ranges — were the subject of flooding concerns, state parks said.

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