Officials in Palm Springs, California, are asking residents to stay indoors ahead of Hilary, which weakened to a tropical storm Sunday.

The storm is still expected to cause heavy rainfall in Southern California.

“We don’t have any reason to evacuate at this time,” Palm Springs Mayor Grace Garner told CBS’ “Face the Nation” Sunday. “We have closed down preemptively three of our roads that are regularly flooded. That’s our three main arteries into our city.”

The roads into the Coachella Valley city were closed at midnight, a Palm Springs police officer told CNN Sunday morning. At least one of the roads recently closed is also prone to car accidents — even when it’s not raining, the officer added.

Palm Springs is a little less than a two-hour drive from Los Angeles, often called a “desert paradise.”

“It’s drizzling outside, and if it stays just this very light drizzle, we’ll definitely be okay. But we do know that there’s going to be flooding, because, like I said, even an inch or two of rain in the desert can cause damage,” Garner said.

According to the National Hurricane Center, Hilary has sustained wind speeds of 70 mph. The worst of the storm is expected Sunday evening, especially in Southern California’s mountain ranges and deserts, like Palm Springs. Rain is also expected to be particularly heavy in southern Nevada on Sunday.

CNN’s Stephanie Elam and Sarah Moon contributed reporting from Palm Springs.



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