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Storm leaves behind snapped trees, accidents across San Diego

Posted: 6:42 AM, Feb 18, 2017
Updated: 2017-02-18 11:17:27-05
Storm wallops county; Downs trees, clogs roads
Storm wallops county; Downs trees, clogs roads
Storm wallops county; Downs trees, clogs roads
Storm wallops county; Downs trees, clogs roads
Storm wallops county; Downs trees, clogs roads
Storm wallops county; Downs trees, clogs roads
Storm wallops county; Downs trees, clogs roads
Storm wallops county; Downs trees, clogs roads
Storm wallops county; Downs trees, clogs roads
Storm wallops county; Downs trees, clogs roads
Storm wallops county; Downs trees, clogs roads
Storm wallops county; Downs trees, clogs roads
Storm wallops county; Downs trees, clogs roads
Storm wallops county; Downs trees, clogs roads
Storm wallops county; Downs trees, clogs roads
Storm wallops county; Downs trees, clogs roads
Storm wallops county; Downs trees, clogs roads
Storm wallops county; Downs trees, clogs roads
Storm wallops county; Downs trees, clogs roads
Storm wallops county; Downs trees, clogs roads
Storm wallops county; Downs trees, clogs roads

SAN DIEGO - Friday's storm may not have been the strongest of the season in terms of rainfall, but it still packed a punch.

Reports of downed trees and clogged roadways began pouring in early, as winds strengthen ahead of rainfall later Friday afternoon.

The dangerous weather is also likely the culprit behind a  pair of fatal accidents that occurred during the evening commute. 

The first accident struck on Interstate 15 north near Mira Mesa Blvd. shortly after 5 p.m. California Highway Patrol officers said a vehicle hydroplaned across the freeway, striking multiple vehicles. One person died and three others were injured and sent to a nearby hospital. 
 
The second accident occurred just before 6 p.m. on northbound State Route 15 near Interstate 805 in City Heights. CHP said a driver also hydroplaned across two lanes in that accident, and struck a construction truck. The passenger of that vehicle was killed and the driver was transported to the hospital. The driver of the construction truck was also taken to a nearby hospital.
 
Instances of downed trees  continued to occur throughout the day.
 
Large Eucalyptus trees, weakened by January rainfall already, were especially vulnerable.
 
A downed tree on the northbound side of I-5 south at Genesee Ave. blocked the slow lane and an off-ramp shortly before noon, prompting a Sig Alert. The alert was cleared before 2 p.m., but not before causing lengthy delays to the afternoon commute.
 
A fallen tree on northbound SR-163, just south of Robinson Ave., fell on a vehicle and blocked all lanes just after 4 p.m., prompting a Sig Alert as well.
 
San Diego residents also had their homes to worry about.
 
Strong winds reportedly took off a portion of one home's roof on the 4000 block of Arroyo Sorrento Rd. in Carmel Valley, and the tin roof of another home in Chula Vista.
 
Winds also brought a tree tumbling into a Scripps Ranch apartment . Thankfully, no injuries were reported.
 
Possible road closures due to flooding or debris are expected Saturday, with more rain on the way and in response to Friday's weather. 
 
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