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Widespread damage as fierce storm batters San Diego

Posted at 2:55 PM, Jan 20, 2017

UPDATE 1:15PM Saturday

San Diego Fire Department tweeted that department rescued an individual clinging to a tree from flood waters at Avenida del Rio and Camino de la Rio. The location runs parallel to the San Diego River near the SR-163 and I-8 connector.

Yesterday, SDFD performed multiple water rescues of individuals caught in flooded areas around Mission Valley.

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UPDATE 10AM Saturday

The 670th Military Police Company of National City said they plan to send personnel to assist with filling sandbags and loading them onto vehicles today, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Kimball Park. National City residents and business owners can pick up empty bags from Fire Station 34, where residents can pick up sandbags daily from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The county has set up several other areas for residents to pick up sandbags.

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UPDATE 8AM Saturday

Crews are cleaning up downed trees and debris left behind by Friday's storm. Several road closures are still in effect. 

Saturday's wind gusts are expected to range anywhere from around 10 - 20 miles per hour along the coast and inland areas of the county. Winds will pick up Sunday.

A high surf warning is still in effect Saturday throughout the area, with waves reaching between 8 and 11 feet.

The NWA has also issued a winter storm warning for San Diego County mountains from 4 p.m. Sunday to 6 p.m. Monday.

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UPDATE 3:06PM Friday

The National Weather Service is warning residents in San Diego and Chula Vista "to get to higher ground." The agency sent the alert in a Tweet at 2:59 p.m. Friday. 

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(KGTV) -- A powerful storm pummeling San Diego on Friday is leaving widespread damage and knocking out power to thousands of customers.

San Diego officials began closing several roads early Friday morning due to flooding.  Crews have been working the region to clear debris and shut down flooded streets as a result of severe thunderstorms, which brings even the possibility of brief tornadoes, according to 10News' meteorologist Kristen Keogh.

If a tornado warning is issued where you live, work, or go to school go to the inner most part of the building and away from windows. You want to create a barrier between you and the outdoors.

Four children were rushed to the hospital after they were hit by a falling tree at Chula Vista Middle School, according to Chula Vista Fire Department.

A eucalyptus tree fell and smashed several cars on the UCSD campus Friday afternoon as rain and wind intensified. No one was injured when the tree fell near the old student center.

San Diego Gas & Electric reported roughly 4,000 customers without power across the county due to the severe weather. 

The weather will dry out Tuesday afternoon with much nicer and more typical conditions for San Diego through the end of the week.

 

 

Information compiled from ABC 10 News reports.