Storm brings heavy rain to county, forces closure of Ocean Beach Pier

Cleanup efforts began for some in South Bay

SAN DIEGO - Another round of thunderstorms and wind from the powerful Pacific storm that already dropped more than five inches of rain on parts of San Diego County and wreaked havoc on area roadways hit the San Diego County coastline Saturday afternoon.

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Brief heavy rain, hail, lightning and gusty wind was reported as the storm moved toward the beaches.

Lifeguards closed the Ocean Beach Pier Saturday afternoon for the remainder of the evening due to the weather conditions. It is unclear when it will reopen.

Some in the South Bay took advantage of dry hours in between storms to make repairs from Friday's destruction. Phil Sadiasa lives across the street from where a 40-year-old tree came crashing through his neighbor's roof. He saw it all.

"I heard a roar … roar or something," he said. "I thought something was coming off my roof, that's why I headed for the window."

Coincidentally, he just had his tree trimmed last month.

"I just knew mine was getting too big and it was over my motorhome and starting to get over the house, so it was time to cut it back," he said.

Paul Modest and his wife live in the home where the tree fell.

"It's very difficult to lose your property like that and then the damage it does to your house and everything … it's hurtful," he said.

Fortunately, they were out running errands when it happened.

A handful of neighbors tell 10News they saw a funnel cloud make its way across the neighborhood on Friday. It jumped to the next street over, tearing off one home's roof and destroying a brick porch.

"I've been here for 38 years and I've never seen the wind as bad as it was yesterday," said Sadiasa.

Many neighbors are still in shock over the damage and it leaves them wondering what is to come.

"These things happen, these things happen," said Modest. "It's part of life. You just have to move on. You've got to get through it and move on."

The storm is expected to weaken Saturday evening, but showers could trail across the area throughout the rest of the weekend.

Roadway flooding was reported on northbound Interstate 5 at Sea World Drive, in the southbound lanes near state Route 163, on southbound Interstate 15 at the Citracado Parkway off-ramp and on northbound state Route 163 near the eastbound Friars Road exit, according to the CHP.

Rain caused flooding near Bayside Lane and Devon Court and crews pumped out standing water in a nearby alley.

Huffstatler Road near Chico in Rainbow was closed due to flooding, as was Sandia Creek Crossing in Fallbrook, the county Department of Public Works reported.

Over a two-day period ending at 2:10 p.m., the National Weather Service recorded 7.56 inches of rain at Palomar Mountain; 4.51 in Oak Grove; 4.44 in Julian; 3.82 on Mount Laguna; 3.1 in Ramona; 3.08 in Descanso; 3 inches in Santa Ysabel; 2.95 in Valley Center; 2.67 in Alpine; 2.19 in Fallbrook; 1.95 in Escondido; 1.91 in Potrero; 1.59 in Ranchita; 1.52 in Campo; 1.5 in San Marcos; 1.48 in Santee; 1.47 in Poway; and 1.43 in Rancho Bernardo.

Less than an inch fell over the same period of time in El Cajon. La Mesa, San Felipe, Agua Caliente Canebrake and Ocotillo Wells.

Along the coast, 1.82 inches of rain fell in Vista; 1.59 at Brown Field; 1.44 at the Carlsbad Airport; 1.36 at the Oceanside Airport; 1.33 at Miramar; 1.20 at Montgomery Field; 1.08 at Lindbergh Field; 1.05 in Chula Vista; .93 in Del Mar; and .76 in National City.

The showers also brought some rainy-day pile-ups on local roadways. From just after midnight to 2 p.m. Saturday, the California Highway Patrol logged 212 crashes on freeways and in unincorporated areas in San Diego County and Temecula. CHP officials reported 514 accidents between 12:01 a.m. and 9:30 p.m. Friday. On a fair weather day, the CHP on average handles 50-75 crashes.

NWS forecasters said locally heavy rainfall and thunderstorms are expected through Saturday evening along the coast, in the valleys and in mountain areas below 6,000 feet, but should lighten late Saturday. Additional rainfall of up to 4 inches in the mountains and 1 inch near the coast is possible.

Large swells, dangerous surf of up to 15 feet and strong rip currents along San Diego County's beaches were also expected. Forecasters said the surf combined with high tides, wind and rainfall runoff would likely result in widespread, but minor coastal flooding that could cause property and structural damage.

Coastal residents should be on the lookout for rising water, and should take action to protect life and property, a NWS statement said.

A NWS coastal flood warning will remain in effect until 1 a.m. Sunday and a high surf advisory is set to expire at 4 a.m. Monday.

In San Diego County's valleys and mountains, downpours soaking newly saturated soil will continue to raise the risk of flash flooding through Saturday evening, the weather service said. A flash flood watch is in effect through late Saturday.

Coastal mountain slopes near and downstream from recently burned areas and low-lying areas with poor drainage are especially vulnerable to flash flooding, according to the NWS.

A wind advisory will expire at 6 p.m. for the mountains and deserts, where areas of south to southwest winds of 20-30 mph were possible along with gusts of up to 45 mph.

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