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Heavy rain, high winds, snow on the Thanksgiving Day menu for San Diego County

Flooding expected in parts of region
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Posted at 10:47 AM, Nov 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-29 02:20:18-05

SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Heavy rains fell across San Diego County Thursday, and forecasters warned of high winds and flood risks, with rainfall expected to pelt the county through Friday.

The Thanksgiving storm led the National Weather Service to issue flood, wind and beach hazard warnings, with up to two inches reported in some areas of the county before noon Thursday.

The rain was not expected to let up until sometime Friday.

Flood risks will be strongest in North San Diego County, with the NWS listing Oceanside, Camp Pendleton, Fallbrook, San Onofre and De Luz among the areas expected to experience flooding. The NWS flash flood warning was in effect until 1:30 p.m.


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At 10:30 a.m., forecasters warned of another band of heavy rain moving eastward across the county, increasing flood risks in other areas. Areas likely to experience flooding include San Diego, Chula Vista, Carlsbad, Oceanside, El Cajon, Vista, Encinitas, National City, La Mesa, Poway and Imperial Beach.

More than a half-inch of rainfall per hour was expected as the band moves across the county, according to the NWS.

Drivers who encounter flooded roadways were advised to find an alternate route and not to drive through the water.

Reports of flooding and other storm-related hazards came in from across the county Thursday morning.

In Sorrento Valley, San Diego firefighters rescued a driver whose car stalled after attempting to drive through two feet of standing water, according to San Diego Fire & Rescue.

The fire department also warned of flooding on a number of roadways, including the 2500 to 2700 block of Hollister Street, the 2100 block of Monument Road, the 8300 block of Monument Road, Nobel Drive over Interstate 5, the 4200 block of Balboa Avenue, the 3300 block of Carmel Mountain Road and the 6000 block of Carroll Road.

2500-2700 Hollister St.
2100 Monument Rd.
8300 Airway Rd.
Northern area
Nobel Dr. over the I-5
4200 Balboa Ave.
3300 Carmel Mountain Rd.
6000 Carroll Rd.

— San Diego Police Department (@SanDiegoPD) November 28, 2019

Wind gusts reaching 50 mph were predicted near the coast. The strongest winds were expected late Thursday morning through early afternoon, but should diminish late afternoon, the NWS said. An NWS wind advisory was in effect until 4 p.m.