Hurricane Hilary-rainfall-storm-HilaryCalifornia and the Desert Southwest could see exceptional amounts of rain from Hurricane Hilary. Graphic: NOAA

Hurricane Hilary on Path Toward Southern California

A storm headed in the direction of Southern California has been upgraded to a hurricane, the National Hurricane Center said in a public advisory early Thursday morning. It is expected to bring heavy rainfall to parts of the state after hitting Mexico.

The storm’s remnants are likely to bring flooding rain as well as strong winds to some parts of California, including the Los Angeles Basin, The Weather Channel reports. Heavy rainfall is expected to impact the Southwestern United States from Friday through early next week, according to the hurricane center.

(Editor’s Note: Updates on Hilary from NOAA’s Central Pacific Hurricane Center: