SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A blustery autumn storm doused the San Diego area with steady rains Thursday for a second straight day, dropping an inch or more of additional moisture in some areas and occasionally illuminating the skies with flashes of lightning.
The American Red Cross announced Thursday night it would open a shelter at the Paradise Valley Seventh Day Adventist Church (2701 East 8th Street, National City, CA 91950) for those affected by flooding in National City and San Diego.
The shelter will provide for the immediate needs of those affected by the floods who do not have a place to stay. Services include a safe and clean place to stay, food, hydration, comfort kits with personal hygiene items, emotional support and health services.
The shelter will remain open for as long as there is a need.
The inclement atmospheric system -- which caused scattered street flooding across San Diego County and prompted a three-hour airport-weather warning for Lindbergh Field -- was expected to keep producing local showers overnight, according to the National Weather Service.
As of 4:30 p.m., the weather service reported, the ceiling of heavy wet clouds had generated two-day precipitation totals of 2.22 inches in Oceanside; 1.7 at Birch Hill; 1.52 at Henshaw Dam; 1.51 in Mesa Grande; 1.49 at Palomar Observatory; 1.37 in Fallbrook; 1.29 in Bonsall; 1.24 in Oak Grove; 1.23 in Rancho Bernardo; 1.18 in San Onofre; 1.14 in Del Luz and Mission Beach; 1.11 in Julian; 1.08 at Volcan Mountain; 1.07 at Lake Cuyamaca and in Valley Center; 1.05 at Miramar Lake; 1.03 in La Jolla and Ramona; and 1.01 in Escondido, Santa Ysabel and University Heights.
Other 48-hour tallies included 0.99 in Point Loma; 0.97 in Barona; 0.96 in Carlsbad and Ranchita; 0.94 at Lindbergh Field, where the thunderstorm- and wind-related alert was slated to be in effect from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.; 0.95 at Mount Laguna; 0.93 in Del Mar; 0.91 in Poway; 0.89 in Scripps Ranch and Warner Springs; 0.88 in Campo; 0.87 in Santee; 0.86 in Kearny Mesa and Pine Hills; 0.85 in Mission Valley; 0.84 in Rincon Springs and Serra Mesa; 0.83 in Flinn Springs; 0.82 in Vista; 0.77 in Chula Vista and Warner Springs; 0.76 in Pine Valley; 0.75 at Brown Field airport; 0.72 in Dulzura; 0.7 in San Ysidro; 0.68 in San Marcos; 0.65 in El Cajon; 0.64 in Borrego Palm Canyon; 0.63 in Descanso; 0.55 in Alpine and San Felipe; 0.48 in Agua Caliente and Elfin Forest; 0.42 in Borrego Springs; and 0.27 in Ocotillo Wells.
A flash-flood warning was scheduled to be in effect for the southwestern section of the county until 8:30 p.m. the weather service advised.
The storm -- the second to sweep through Southern California in a week -- should dissipate and move out of the region by daybreak Friday, meteorologists reported.
The weekend is expected to usher in a warming trend, but another low- pressure system out of the northwest is due to deliver cooler temperatures and more chances of rain on Tuesday, according to forecasters.