Has California ever had a hurricane? Hurricane Hilary's Terror!

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According to the National Weather Service, the only true hurricane to strike the West Coast was a hurricane that made landfall in San Diego in 1858 with gusts of 75 mph and considerable wind damage.

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Tropical cyclones called hurricanes form over warm oceans close to the equator. A hurricane cannot form until the ocean is at least 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Hence, the California coast does not see Hurricanes more often. 

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Tropical cyclones have, nonetheless, had an impact on California. A hurricane's less powerful cousin is a tropical storm. Flooding, high gusts, and heavy rain are still potential effects of tropical storms.

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The Long Beach Express, a tropical storm, made landfall in Southern California in 1939. 

The storm caused extensive damage with its torrential rain and floods.

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Hurricane John, a tropical storm, made landfall in Baja California, Mexico, in 2003. Flooding and mudslides were caused in Southern California by the storm's leftovers.

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A Category 4 hurricane named Hurricane Hilary is now moving toward Mexico's Baja California Peninsula. Although Harvey is not anticipated to make landfall in California, its remnants could cause floods and heavy rain throughout the state.

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If a tropical storm is posing a threat to your region, it is crucial to remain up to date on the weather prediction and take appropriate preparations.

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Hurricane Hilary:  The First Storm Of Its Kind Since 1939!

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