California is facing an unprecedented weather crisis as Tropical Storm Hilary brought heavy rains, prompting a state of emergency declaration by Governor Gavin Newsom. The storm, originally Hurricane Hilary, struck the Baja California peninsula before heading to California, packing winds of 60 mph. Officials warned of catastrophic flooding in Baja California and the southwestern US. The situation was compounded by a 5.1 magnitude earthquake near Ojai. Despite Hilary’s downgrade to a tropical storm, FEMA urged residents to take it seriously. Mexico is also facing danger, with one fatality and evacuations. Climate change’s role in intensifying such storms was highlighted.