Weather Alert: Hurricane Hilary Impact and Catalina Island Evacuation Advisory
In the wake of the advancing Hurricane Hilary, state and county officials are urging utmost caution and preparedness among residents as the storm progresses along its path. Local authorities have extended the call for vigilance to include Catalina Island, situated off the coast of California.
On a recent Saturday afternoon, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department issued a vital advisory to both visitors and residents on Catalina Island, emphasizing the necessity of immediate departure. The advisory cites the anticipated impacts of the approaching storm, coupled with the potential for prolonged utility outages, as the driving factors behind the urgency. Officials strongly recommended that individuals, especially those with medical, access, and functional requirements, evacuate the island by August 19. For a swift and secure exit, the preferred mode of departure is via the Catalina Express ferry service. Detailed information can be found at alertla.org, the designated source for updates on the situation.
As of 10:30 a.m., access to Avalon Bay has been restricted, with incoming boaters prohibited from entry. The responsible authorities in Avalon Harbor have mobilized their resources to ensure the careful management of marina infrastructure and vessels, ensuring their safety in the face of impending challenges.
In response to the heightened risk, the LA County Sheriff’s Department and LA County Fire Department have bolstered their presence on the island, deploying additional resources to enhance preparedness and bolster response capabilities. Their collaborative efforts aim to mitigate the potential impact of the storm and provide timely assistance where needed.
Back on the mainland, residents of Orange County are advised to brace themselves for a high surf advisory. Spanning from early Sunday through to early Tuesday, this advisory is in response to the anticipated arrival of large breaking waves, reaching heights of 4 to 7 feet. Residents are urged to exercise caution around coastal areas and remain aware of the potential hazards that these conditions may pose.
As Hurricane Hilary progresses and continues to impact various regions, the commitment to safety and preparedness remains paramount. Residents and visitors alike are urged to stay informed through official sources, heed the guidance provided by local authorities, and take proactive steps to safeguard themselves and their communities.