San Bernardino County has declared a local emergency in response to Tropical Storm Hilary on Aug. 20.
The declaration was signed by County Chief Operating Officer Luther Snoke in his capacity as the county’s acting director of emergency services. The Board of Supervisors will be asked to ratify the declaration at its next meeting.
The county and other local public agencies have expended significant resources preparing for and responding to the storm, and the county faces the prospect of serious losses once the full impacts of the storm are felt. The declaration of a local emergency clears the path for state and federal assistance and reimbursement should it become necessary.
In Fontana, a flash flood warning was declared by the National Weather Service.
The City of Fontana urged residents to limit travel and stay in place during the period of the heaviest downpour.
Due to the severe weather conditions, Fontana Unified School District will close schools on Monday, Aug. 21. The district office will remain open, and all maintenance and operations teams will come in to ensure sites are ready for students on Tuesday, Aug. 22.
In addition, schools in the Colton Joint Unified School District and Rialto Unified School District will also close on Aug. 21.
San Bernardino County residents wanting updates and more information on Hilary can call a 24-hour information line at (909) 387-3911. For emergencies, call 9-1-1.
Residents can also connect with San Bernardino County on Facebook, Instagram, X (Twitter), TikTok, and YouTube.
—– HERE is the forecast from the National Weather Service:
Monday, Aug, 21 — A chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 11 a.m. Cloudy through mid morning, then gradual clearing, with a high near 78. Calm wind becoming southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 50 percent. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
Monday night — Partly cloudy, with a low around 64. West wind 10 to 15 mph decreasing to 5 to 10 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph.
Tuesday, Aug. 22 — Sunny, with a high near 85. Light and variable wind becoming west 10 to 15 mph in the afternoon.