Will Hilary make history?
If Hurricane Hilary makes landfall on California as a tropical storm, it will be the first one in 84 years.
In a summer that has already produced extreme and anomalous weather, Hurricane Hilary will add to the list. It’s unusual in the first place that the first tropical system to threaten the U.S. is on the West Coast, rather than along the East Coast or the Gulf of Mexico.
The only time a tropical storm has made landfall in California the last 100 years was in Long Beach in 1939, according to the National Weather Service.
A storm has never been recorded to make landfall in California as a hurricane.