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School closures and cancellations in San Diego County due to Hilary

From flights at San Diego International Airport to city beaches and Legoland, here's a list of what's being impacted by the storm

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With Southern California being hit by an unprecedented tropical storm, San Diegans prepared for Hilary ahead of the expected rain and strong winds that could have led to dangerous flooding.

As a result, some closures and cancellations have been announced beginning Saturday night through Monday.

Here's a list of what's closed and canceled in San Diego County:

Note: This list will be updated with the latest information. Please stay with us for updates.


The San Diego Unified School District announced on Sunday that it will postpone the start of its school year by one day, closing on Aug. 21. The district will assess any storm impact on sites and offices before welcoming students and families to the new school year, the district wrote in a press release.

The following K-12 schools and school districts also announced closures:

  • Borrego Springs School District
  • San Diego Unified School District
  • Albert Einstein Academies
  • America's Finest Charter School
  • Darnall Charter School 
  • e3 Civic High 
    Empower Language Academy
  • Harriet Tubman Village Charter School
  • Leonardo da Vinci Health Sciences Charter School
  • Magnolia Science Academy
  • Museum School
  • School for Entrepreneurship and Technology
  • The O’Farrell Charter Schools  
  • The Winston School of San Diego

Palomar College on Sunday announced the closure of all their campuses and canceled all onsite and online classes for Monday. Aug. 21 was meant to be the first day of their fall semester, but the school will reopen on Aug. 22.

All classes at San Diego City, Mesa, Miramar and Continuing Education colleges are canceled on Monday, which was supposed to be the first day of school for approximately 50,000 students, according to the San Diego Community College District.

Cal State San Marcos is canceling and moving in-person events to virtual for Aug. 21 as an abundance of caution.

Classes at San Diego State and classes at their Imperial Valley campus will be held virtually on Aug. 21.


San Diego International Airport: More than 200 flight have been canceled, according to FlightAware.

North County Transit District: The agency responsible for public transportation in North County is reducing service beginning on Sunday morning. Services are expected to return to a normal schedule on Monday. The latest bus and train information can be found here.

Amtrak Pacific Surfliner: Some trains are canceled Saturday night through Monday morning, including trains 761 and 794, which go to and from San Diego. Other track closures can be found here.

American Red Cross Shelters

The American Red Cross shelters for those in North County in San Marcos and for South County residents in Chula Vista were closed on Monday at 2:30 p.m.

Those taking shelter from Tropical Storm Hilary were returned home or were offered connections to other services, according to the County of San Diego.

Beaches, parks and recreation

All city libraries, recreation centers, swimming pools, reservoir lakes, parks and beaches will be closed Sunday and Monday, according to the city's website.

Torrey Pines, Balboa and Mission Bay golf courses and the City Administration Building will also be closed.

The city also said trash and recycling collection services may be delayed on Monday.

All state beaches in San Diego County will be closed on Sunday and Monday, according to California Department of Parks and Recreation.

Some inland state parks, including Cuyamaca State Park, Ocotillo Wells State Vehicular Recreation Area and Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, will be closed.

Camping reservations are being canceled from Sunday to Tuesday.

Food delivery

DoorDash suspended operations in San Diego County as of 3:45 p.m. on Sunday and plans to resume on Monday at 9 a.m.


Del Mar Thoroughbred Club canceled its Sunday racing card. The track plans to work in the canceled races on different days over the upcoming weeks, according to a news release.

The game between Padres and Diamondbacks was moved from Sunday afternoon to Saturday as part of a split doubleheader, Major League Baseball announced on Friday.

Theme parks and zoos

Legoland will be temporarily closed on Sunday, according to its website.

SeaWorld will be closed on Sunday but plans to reopen on Monday.

Sesame Place San Diego will be closed on Sunday and expects to reopen on Monday.

San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park will be closed on Sunday.

Farmers markets

La Jolla Open Aire Farmers Market will be closed on Sunday, according to its Instagram.

Hillcrest Farmers Market will be closed on Sunday.

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