Storm departs after battering San Diego County

Posted at 7:16 AM, Feb 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-01 20:07:43-05


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A blustery storm that doused the San Diego area with rain and mountain snow over the weekend and created heavy winds that caused widespread power outages began moving out of the area Monday morning, leaving behind extensive damage and disarray.

As of midday, the skies over the county were clearing and the winds were considerably less fierce than they had been Sunday, when gale-force gusts downed numerous trees -- including one that fell on a car in Pacific Beach, killing the woman behind the wheel -- and toppled power poles, fences and street signs.

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At one point, weather-related blackouts affected roughly 60,000 San Diego Gas & Electric customers. Utility crews had service restored to the majority of those addresses by 3:30 this morning, about eight hours after the outages began in earnest.

Despite the improved conditions, wind advisories were slated to remain in effect until 6 p.m., warning of the potential for more destructive gusts.

The storm -- which also flooded many roads, blocked traffic lanes throughout the region with broken branches and other debris, and prompted several suspensions in play at the Farmers Insurance PGA tournament at Torrey Pines Golf Course -- dropped upwards of four inches of rain locally, along with a few inches of snow in parts of the East County highlands.

As of noon, according to the National Weather Service, the bands of wet clouds had dropped 4.19 inches of precipitation on Big Black Mountain, near Ramona; 3.72 at Palomar Observatory; 3.16 at Birch Hill; 2.87 at Lake Cuyamaca; 2.85 at Henshaw Dam; 2.5 in Pine Hills; 2.39 in Julian; 2.18 at Otay Mountain; 2.06 in Descanso; 1.87 on Volcan Mountain; 1.63 in northern Poway; 1.54 in Oak Grove and Santa Ysabel; 1.47 in Warner Springs; 1.2 in Campo; 1.11 in Rancho Bernardo; 1.1 in Alpine; 1.06 in De Luz and San Diego Country Estates; and 1.01 at Ramona Airport.

Other moisture totals included 0.99 in Ranchita; 0.93 in Barona; 0.91 in Tierra del Sol; 0.89 in Harbison Canyon; 0.78 in Flinn Springs; 0.75 at Miramar Lake; 0.73 in Fallbrook; 0.67 in San Onofre; 0.65 in Bonsall; 0.64 in Granite Hills; 0.59 in Lakeside; 0.57 in Kearny Mesa; 0.53 in Santee and Vista; 0.52 in La Mesa; 0.51 in Scripps Ranch; 0.5 in Encinitas; 0.44 in the Lake Murray area; 0.43 in El Cajon; 0.42 in Mission Beach; 0.4 in Chula Vista and San Ysidro; 0.39 in Borrego Palm Canyon; 0.37 in Oceanside; 0.35 in Lemon Grove; 0.34 in Linda Vista; 0.33 in Mission Valley; 0.21 in Point Loma; 0.18 at Lindbergh Field; 0.14 in Agua Caliente; 0.04 in Borrego Springs; and 0.02 in Ocotillo Wells.

In terms of snowfall, Mount Laguna got a roughly 3-inch coating, Pine Valley received a half-inch or so, and Potrero residents saw some trace amounts of frozen white flakes.

Monday night is expected to be quite cold, with frost possible in some inland locales, according to forecasters.

Increasing high pressure will prevail through the rest of the workweek, ushering in a warming spell for the weekend, the NWS predicted.