The Daily Weather Update from FOX Weather: Hurricane Hilary raises flooding worries in California, Southwest

Start your day with the latest weather news – Powerful Category 4 Hurricane Hillary will weaken on approach to Southern California and the southwestern U.S. over the next couple of days, but heavy rain appears likely across a large swath of the region.

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Hurricane Hilary prompts Flood Watch in parts of California, Southwest

Powerful Category 4 Hurricane Hilary is moving closer to Mexico and the U.S. While it will weaken quite a bit before moving into the U.S., it’s the heavy rain that’s expected with the most concerning storm. A Flood Watch covers Southern California, Southern Nevada, southwestern Utah and western Arizona. There’s a Level 3 out of 4 risk of flash flooding in Southern California, as well.

The latest information about Hurricane Hillary.
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Hurricane HQ: Attention focusing on Gulf in Atlantic

While Hilary churns through the Pacific Ocean, forecasters watching the Atlantic Ocean are concentrated on an area in the Gulf of Mexico where a tropical system could develop in the coming days thanks to a disturbance moving into the area this weekend. Three other areas in the Atlantic are also being watched but are much farther away from the U.S.

The tropical weather outlook for the Atlantic Ocean.
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