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Rain, thunder and hail rolls through San Diego County

Posted at 5:17 PM, Jan 29, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-29 21:07:44-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - The atmospheric river that pummeled Central California moved south into San Diego Thursday night.

Overnight rain totals across the county ranged from half an inch to an inch in many areas. By Friday evening, many coastal and valley areas surpassed an inch of rain as the storm exited the region.

Typical problem spots saw flooding, as expected, including the San Diego River by Fashion Valley Mall and also the Tijuana River.

San Diego Fire and Rescue had to rescue a man Friday morning at the Tijuana River. A spokesperson said they noticed a man walking around below a bridge. They called Border Patrol then made contact with the man. He was unarmed and willing to cooperate, so a lifeguard repelled down and brought him back up.

"The water is contaminated. You’ve got tons of garbage, debris coming from Mexico and Tijuana River Valley," said the spokesperson, noting that these heavy rains cause the water to become dirtier.

Around San Diego County, pockets of heavy rain fell through the day Friday. Hail was spotted in many areas, including Hillcrest and Tierrasanta.

As of Friday evening, San Diego got more than an inch of rain. Prior to this storm, San Diego was in a deficit of about three inches for this water year, which started Oct. 1, so the rain is a big help. However, more big storms like this will be necessary to catch back up.