Heavy Rain, Winds, High Surf Pound San Diego County

The second of two big storms since Saturday slammed into San Diego Sunday evening and was expected to continue through Monday.

Rainfall totals as of Monday morning from the two storms were ranged from more than two inches downtown to nearly five inches in some inland areas of the metro area and six to nine inches of rain in the mountains.


There have been rescues of motorists in the county since the storms began, and some streets in Mission Valley were flooded and blocked off. A Flood Warning was posted for the San Diego River area until midnight Monday night.

On Saturday night, the driver of an SUV was rescued Saturday night after it went over a cliff in La Jolla along Coast Boulevard near La Jolla Cove and Prospect Street. The vehicle landed on the rocks below and partially in the water. The driver was airlifted to a hospital where he was reported in stable condition. One rescuer called it a miracle that he survived. Firefighters were called out Sunday morning to the South Bay where a vehicle was trapped in flood waters near the Tijuana River.

The storms brought strong gusty winds from the coast to the mountains, with a 50 mph gust recorded in Coronado Monday morning and gusts of 30-40 mph across much of San Diego with higher gusts in the mountains.

National Weather Service forecasters say the big surf along the San Diego County coast will continue with the High Surf Advisory extended until 10 p.m. on Tuesday.

San Diego County emergency officials caution drivers not to try to go through flooded streets and to be alert for changing conditions.


(Photo San Diego Fire Rescue Department)

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