Pre-alert state declared in Tijuana due to Hurricane Hilary

Temporary shelters and permanent guards to deal with incidents during Hilary's journey through Baja California were announced

The Municipal Administration of Tijuana presided by mayor Montserrat Caballero Ramírez declared a state of pre-alert due to the arrival of Category 3 hurricane Hilary in Baja California, which also activates all areas of government to address incidents that could be caused due to this weather phenomenon.

In an extraordinary session which took place on Thursday, the Municipal Council of Civil Protection approved unanimously the pre-alert state starting on Thursday until the end of this weather phenomenon. In addition, preventive measures to safeguard all Tijuana natives were agreed upon.

“All officials who are part of this administration will remain in this open council with a complete willingness to help. Mayor Montserrat Caballero has instructed us to not let our guard down. Due to this weather forecast, we must always be on alert, anticipate, and keep saving the lives of all Tijuana natives and protecting their properties," stated Miguel Ángel Bujanda Ruiz, Secretary of the Municipal Government.

Bernardo Villegas Ramírez, who leads the agency of the Municipal Civil Protection Agency, stated that the most recent forecasts say that Hilary will impact Tijuana this weekend, starting with some rain on Saturday evening.

This rain will become stronger starting on Sunday morning, with an estimated fall of 34 millimeters during the entire day and it will become even more intense starting at 8 PM.

The Technical Secretary of the Municipal Council of Civil Protection also said that this phenomenon will also be accompanied by strong winds of 45 kilometers per hour, which is why he asked the community to be aware of posts, trees, billboards, and other objects falling.

Rain will continue until Monday, August 21 during the day, although it will be in isolated showers and some wind. There will also be a high swell of one and two meters during the weekend.

Gerardo López Montes, Secretary of Municipal Wellbeing, stated that they are ready to activate temporary shelters at Unidad Deportiva Tijuana, Unidad Deportiva CREA, Unidad Deportiva Mariano Matamoros, Unidad Deportiva Salvatierra, and as a first aid space, the facilities of Sistema para el Desarrollo Integral de la Familia (SDIF) will be available.

For his part, the head of the Secretariat of Territory, Urban, and Environmental Development (SDTUA), Juan Enrique Bautista Corona, explained that supervision rounds have been made in 34 desanders, with a current capacity of 110,000 cubic meters, and that 10 of them are being cleaned right now.

In high-risk areas, Bernardo Villegas Ramírez informed that through the Civil Protection Agency and SDTUA, they are permanently monitoring the areas with active sliding, with guard personnel that will deal with any incident created by rain.

By instructions of mayor Montserrat Caballero Ramírez, the Municipal Council of Civil Protection is being kept in a permanent session and with the entire force of the Municipal Administration working to take care of incidents created by Hurricane Hilary.

In addition, the 24th Municipal Administration of Tijuana encourages the population to be aware of official statements through the different municipal government platforms and to report any risk situation to 911 or through the Botón de Emergencia and Botón Morado mobile apps.

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