NewsLocal News


LIVE BLOG: Tracking storm conditions, road closures and more across San Diego

Find the latest on weather conditions, road closures, power outages and more in this live blog.
car stuck in tijuana river flooding 2/1/24
Posted at 6:38 AM, Feb 01, 2024
and last updated 2024-02-01 18:11:27-05

3 P.M. UPDATE — FLOOD WARNING DOWNGRADED FOR SAN DIEGO RIVER: The flood warning that was issued for the San Diego River has been downgraded to a flood advisory until 2 p.m. Friday, the National Weather Service reports.

The warning originally went into effect Thursday afternoon and was expected to last through Friday morning.

The entire county remains under a flood watch until 10 a.m. Friday, and the only other flood advisory that's currently active will end at 3:30 p.m. Thursday.

Meteorologist Megan Parry says it's unlikely the area will see any more alerts be issued the rest of Thursday.

RAIN LEADS TO CLOSURES IN ENCINITAS: City of Encinitas officials said the intersection of Vulcan Ave. and Union St. has been closed due to rain.

Officials added the 600 block of Orpheus Ave., at Puebla St. and Hymettus Ave., has also been shut down.

CITY OF SAN DIEGO ROAD CLOSURES: Dozens of streets in the City of San Diego are closed due to Thursday’s weather conditions.

Click here to view the city’s list

SOUTH BAY POWER OUTAGES: SDG&E reporting a power outage affecting just over 1,000 customers in the South Bay communities of Nestor, San Ysidro and Otay Mesa.

Power has been out for customers in those cities 11:35 a.m., and the utility said the estimated restoration time is 2:30 p.m.

View reported power outages on the Outage Map

SOUTHWESTERN PARTS OF COUNTY UNDER FLOOD ADVISORY: The National Weather Service has put the southwest area of San Diego County under a flood advisory as of 12:30 p.m., with the advisory expected to run through 2:30 p.m.

Areas that could face flooding impact:

  • Alpine
  • Chula Vista
  • Coronado
  • El Cajon
  • Imperial Beach
  • La Mesa
  • National City
  • Poway
  • Ramona
  • City of San Diego

Click here for latest weather alerts

FREE TRANSPORTATION FOR EVACUEES: San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria on Thursday announced free transportation for residents under the city’s evacuation warning.

The mayor said on X/Twitter, “The City has an agreement with United Taxi Workers to provide transportation for residents under the evacuation warning to our temporary shelter. Residents in those areas can call (619) 280-4444 use the Ride United (Passenger) application.”

NORTH COUNTY FLASH FLOOD WARNING: At 11:49 a.m., the National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning for parts of North County, warning residents of the “life-threatening” flooding caused by heavy rainfall in the area.

The warning, expected to last until 1:45 p.m., will impact:

  • Camp Pendleton
  • Carlsbad
  • Del Mar
  • Encinitas
  • Escondido
  • Fallbrook
  • Oceanside
  • San Marcos
  • Valley Center
  • Vista

The NWS said the areas could experience “life threatening flash flooding of creeks and streams, urban areas, highways, streets and underpasses” and residents are being warned to “Turn around, don’t drown when encountering flooded roads. Most flood deaths occur in vehicles.”

FLASH FLOOD ADVISORY IN NORTH COUNTY: A flood watch has been upgraded to a flood advisory for parts of San Diego’s North County, the National Weather Service reported.

The advisory, per the NWS, means “Minor flooding in low-lying and poor drainage areas. Rises in small streams and normally dry arroyos. Water over roadways.”

The NWS said the flood advisory, in effect until 1:42 p.m., impacts these areas:

  • Carlsbad
  • Del Mar
  • Encinitas
  • Fallbrook
  • Oceanside
  • Poway
  • Ramona
  • Vista

The advisory also applies to Temecula and San Clemente.

4S RANCH ROAD CLOSURE: As of 10:54 a.m., County Department of Public Works says Campania Ave. in the 4S Ranch area is shut down from Castello Circle to Camino San Thomas due to flooding.

CRASHES REPORTED AS STORM MOVES THROUGH REGION: As the wet conditions have arrived, the California Highway Patrol has responded to several crashes on I-8. At around 10:05 a.m., a tractor-trailer jackknifed on I-8 west nearby State Route 125, blocking the number three lane in the area.

Another crash at the notorious I-8 and I-805 split involved four cars, and possibly another tractor-trailer, according to CHP's traffic incident page. Units were enroute to the area as of 10:20 a.m.

CHP also sent a unit to a single-car rollover crash on I-8 west at Waring Road. Minor injuries were reported in that crash, and by 10:26 a.m., all lanes were open again in the area after officers cleared the scene.

CHP spokesperson Mark Latulippe says lanes have been cleared in those crashes. He also says they're seeing a lot of solo spinouts around the area, indicating drivers are going too fast and hydroplaning.

SPRING VALLEY ROAD CLOSURE: San Diego County's Department of Public Works is reporting the closure of Quarry Road in Spring Valley.

The stretch of road was closed at 9:19 a.m., between SR-125 and Lakeview Drive.

View live webcams of specific county roadways with a history of flooding.

POWER OUTAGE: San Diego Gas & Electric reporting a power outage for at least 600 customers in San Diego’s Clairemont, Bay Park, and Morena communities.

The outage was first reported at 7:57 a.m., with service estimated to return at 10 a.m., SDG&E’s Outage Map stated.

Per SDG&E, the cause of the outage is “a foreign object contacted the power lines.”

View reported power outages on the Outage Map


  • Flood watch for all of San Diego County (through 10 a.m. Friday)
  • Wind advisory for San Diego’s coastal areas and valleys (through 2 p.m.)
  • High surf advisory (through 6 a.m. Saturday)

Click here for latest weather alerts

Meteorologist Vanessa Paz's latest forecast update:

City of San Diego officials said donation sites that were established for community members impacted by the recent storms would be closed Thursday due to weather.

Sites closed:

  • Mountain View/Beckwourth Library, 721 San Pasqual St.
  • College Rolando Library, 6600 Montezuma Rd.
  • Southcrest Recreation Center, 4149 Newton Ave.
  • Encanto Recreation Center, 6508 Wunderlin Ave.

As the storm makes its way into San Diego, a high surf advisory is in effect for the county's coastal areas from Thursday morning through 6 a.m. Saturday. Click here for latest weather alerts

The National Weather Service issued a wind advisory for the county’s inland valleys, taking effect at 6 a.m. and expected to expire at 2 p.m.

Ahead of Thursday’s storm, a plastic tarp was placed over a hillside in San Clemente that gave way in early January, leading to the suspension of rail service between Orange and San Diego counties. The tarp was meant to protect the railroad tracks from any potential debris. READ MORE

SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Another bout of rainfall and flooding was expected to strike the region Thursday as the result of a storm system settling into San Diego County.

While City of San Diego officials said there should be less rainfall than last week's major rainstorm, flooding is anticipated.

A flood watch for almost the entire county took effect Thursday morning, and high winds are also expected to whip across the region, according to the National Weather Service.

The NWS forecast around 2 inches of rain in certain parts of the City of San Diego.

Mayor Todd Gloria said an evacuation warning has been issued for residents in areas that received the brunt of the flooding last week. Those flood-prone areas include Southcrest, Mountain View, Encanto, San Ysidro, Sorrento Valley and Mission Valley.

Residents in those neighborhoods were advised to come up with a plan to relocate if possible and the city is also establishing a shelter for evacuating residents at the Municipal Gym at Balboa Park. Gloria said transportation to the shelter would be provided to those who need it.

Latest ABC 10News forecast | Weather alerts | Interactive radar | Traffic

The mayor emphasized residents are not currently being ordered to evacuate. However, should an evacuation order go into effect, San Diego police would go door-to-door to inform residents.

The San Diego Fire-Rescue Department will be deploying additional swift-water rescue teams in anticipation of flood-related emergencies.

City workers will also be monitoring over 46,000 storm drains citywide for any potential flooding incidents.

Residents were asked to help mitigate storm impacts by sweeping trash and other debris that might collect around storms drains and gutters, and by placing their trash bins away from the curb.

Sandbags may picked up at 11 city recreation centers throughout the city. A full listing of sandbag pickup locations and other storm-related resources can be found at

Anyone city residents who experience storm-related hazards can call Public Works Dispatch at 619-527-7500.

Additionally, San Diego Gas & Electric urged customers and residents to avoid any power lines that might be downed during the storm.

"Always assume a downed line is energized and stay away," SDG&E said in a statement. "Never touch a downed power line or damaged electrical equipment."

Residents were also advised against touching anyone who comes into contact with a power line, as the person might still be in contact with an electrical source. If a power line comes into contact with your car, you should stay inside the vehicle.

Anyone who sees a downed line was asked to report it by calling 911 or 800-411-SDGE.

The utility will have an increased number of crews and equipment available Thursday to restore power amid any outages.

County officials issued similar warnings ahead of Thursday's expected rainfall. Residents were advised to stay home if they could, but those who must leave home should avoid areas that could flood.

"If you live in a flood-prone area, take necessary precautions, protect your family and property, have a plan and a go kit so you are ready," County Emergency Services Director Jeff Toney said.

Among the tips county officials issued included:

-- Avoid walking, swimming or driving through flood waters
-- Monitor the weather and news to stay informed of the latest developments
-- Register your cell phone at to receive alerts and updates on storm conditions
-- Evacuate immediately if told to evacuate or if you feel unsafe. Groups should discuss where to reunite if separated since phone service might not be reliable. If evacuated, disconnect all electrical appliances, turn off electricity at the panel, gas service at the meter, and water at the main valve
-- Get to the highest level of a building if trapped. Only get on the roof if necessary and once there signal for help. Do not climb into a closed attic to avoid getting trapped by rising floodwater
-- Make plans for different times of the day to account for when family members are at work, school, or other obligations
-- Contact your health care provider if you are sick and need medical attention. Wait for further care instructions and shelter in place, if possible. If you are experiencing a medical emergency, call 911

Copyright 2024, City News Service, Inc.