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Second of three storms brings high winds and rain to San Diego County

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IfSAN DIEGO (CNS) - A flash flood warning was issued for parts of the San Diego region as a storm pummeled Southern California Saturday afternoon.

Rainfall totals of a half-inch to almost a full inch of rain an hour were recorded in northwest San Diego County, the National Weather Service said. The amount of rain could cause dangerous flooding in Oceanside, Carlsbad, Temecula, Vista, Encinitas, Del Mar, Fallbrook, Valley Center, Camp Pendleton, and parts of the San Diego city limits including University City.

Moderate rain was expected to continue until about 5 p.m., forecasters said. A wind advisory was also in effect across much of the county until 6 p.m., and an advisory for dangerous surf conditions at local beaches was in effect until 6 a.m. Sunday.

Later on Saturday, The National Weather Service issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning saying winds could reach 60 mph and penny sized hail is possible through Saturday afternoon. The National Weather Service went on to say that the wind could lead to downed trees and power lines, but lightning is not expected. 

News 8's Monique Griego shows some of the flooding and havoc on San Diego roadways

Winds could reach 30 to 40 mph at San Diego International Airport.

Inland-valley areas were expected to get from 1 to 1.4 inches of rain by the end of Saturday, while coastal areas would see around 1 inch, NWS meteorologists said. Between 1.4 and 2.2 inches was forecast for the county mountains and desert areas will get around a quarter-inch of rainfall.

"Low-water crossings in many areas will likely flood at some point as larger rivers and streams more quickly develop channel flow, including the San Diego River in Mission Valley," NWS forecasters said in a statement.

Rain is expected to continue through Sunday afternoon then the third storm cell will bring lighter precipitation Monday morning through Tuesday, NWS meteorologist Stephanie Sullivan said, adding that the break between the final two storm cells is not expected to be as definitive as after the first

According to SDG&E, more than 3,600 customers across the county are without power due to the weather. About 400 customers in the Oceanside area had been without power since noon. Another outage in Vista affected about 1,700 customers and was reported around 3:30 p.m., and about 800 customers in the Kearny Mesa area lost power around 4:30 p.m., according to SDGE's online outage map

A tree fell on cars near the corner of Worden St. and Valeta St. in San Diego.

If you are heading to the airport, check your flights. So far 10 flights have been delayed or diverted out of San Diego due to high winds.

The city has opened multiple places for people who are in need of shelter. Father Joe's Villages located at 1501 Imperial Ave. in downtown are open with check-in at 4 p.m. Residents will receive a meal in addition to a bed for the night. PATH San Diego/Connections Housing Downtown Shelter located at 1250 6th Ave will also open their doors starting with check-in at 5:30 p.m. A meal will be provided there as well. For more information about this shelter program or other county-wide shelter programs, dial 2-1-1, or visit

Trees fell on multiple cars at Zoo Place in Balboa Park.


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