Path of Hurrican Kay
Forecast path of Hurricane Kay. Courtesy National Weather Service

Despite the heat wave currently gripping California, San Diego County officials said Wednesday a hurricane off the coast of Mexico could bring high winds with potentially heavy rain to the county this weekend.

Forecasters said Hurricane Kay, currently forming off the Mexican coast, will not directly hit San Diego County, but could still bring high winds Thursday and potentially “significant” rains starting Friday.

“Hurricane Kay will move north while weakening. Kay’s closest approach to SoCal will be Friday night, some 150 miles to the southwest of San Diego while at tropical storm strength,” the National Weather Service said.

The weather service said flooding could be a threat, with 2 to 4 inches of rain in some locations. The county and Cal Fire will hand out sandbags at fire stations as a precaution.

A southeast swell from Kay is expected to bring surf of 4 to 6 feet, strong rip currents, and strong longshore currents to Southern California beaches Friday through Sunday.

City News Service contributed to this article.


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