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Third storm in one week hits San Diego County

Posted at 11:22 PM, Jan 28, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-29 02:22:14-05

SAN DIEGO, Calif. (KGTV) - The third system in the span of just seven days is impacting San Diego County. An atmospheric river brought impressive rain to Central California and as of Thursday night, has pushed south into San Diego.

Atmospheric rivers are moisture-fueled systems that gain strength from ocean waters, traditionally bringing heavy rain totals. A Flash Flood Watch is in place for San Diego County through Friday afternoon as the risk for flood stays high, especially in areas hit by heavier pockets of rain. Regions impacted by fire also face an increased risk of debris flows in burn-scar areas.

This storm comes as restaurants prepare for the first weekend when outdoor dining will be allowed after state-wide restrictions were lifted in California.

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“Super excited, so we’re doing live music on the back patio and on the weekends we’ll have one person onstage and center,” said Sarah Christ, manager at The Roxy in Encinitas, saying they’re thankful to be able to operate for outdoor dining.

Christ said they’re not letting rain get in the way of the new opportunity, so they’ve taken as many precautionary steps as they can.

“We are ready to brave the weather, we have our tents set up so people can sit outside and still enjoy it, we try to accommodate with heaters as much as we can,” she said.