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LIVE UPDATES: San Diego area feels effects of Kay's remnants

Mexico Tropical Weather Hurricane Kay
Posted at 3:10 PM, Sep 07, 2022
and last updated 2022-09-11 00:03:21-04

6 p.m. Saturday, September 10

Meteorologist Megan Parry gives you the forecast synopsis for Saturday, Sept. 10, 2022, as the San Diego area feels the impact of Tropical Cyclone Kay's remnants.

We're still feel the effects of what was Hurricane Kay with high humidity and occasional drizzles to a few showers. The chance for anything from sprinkles to a stray thunderstorm will continue through at least Monday, potentially Tuesday, mainly in the mountains and deserts.

Flooding was a major issue in the deserts when the storm hit, and while we won't see flooding like we did on Friday, there is a slight chance for flooding with any heavy showers that form. A Flood Watch remains in effect through midnight Saturday for the inland, mountain and desert areas.

Highlights from the storm
Record daily rainfall Friday:

  • Lake Cuyamaca 2.03"
  • Campo .66"
  • San Diego .61"
  • Vista .39"
  • Ramona .32"
  • Escondido .16"
  • Borrego Springs 1.45"

Top rainfall amounts so far (as of 6 p.m. Saturday):

  • Mt. Laguna 5.11"
  • Ranchita 4.62"
  • Julian 3.68"
  • Lake Cuyamaca 2.14"
  • Borrego Springs 1.53"
  • Santee .50"
  • Kearny Mesa .44"
  • Ramona .32"
  • Chula Vista .21"
  • Carlsbad .20"

Peak wind gusts Friday:

  • Cuyamaca Peak 109 mph
  • Big Black Mountain 96 mph
  • Mt. Laguna 80 mph
  • Otay Mountain 81 mph
  • Jamul 79 mph
  • Pine Valley 75 mph
  • Julian 59 mph
  • Alpine 56 mph
  • Escondido 52 mph
  • Poway 40 mph

The deficit in San Diego for the water year total has dropped below 3" after recent rains, which is wonderful as we are nearing the end of the water year on Sept. 30. It's even more beneficial to get this rain before Santa Ana season this fall.

A Beach Hazards Statement continues through 5 p.m. Sunday for waves of 4 to 7 feet and dangerous rip currents, as well as the threat for lightning. It's advised to avoid going in the water until 72 hours after it rains due to bacteria from runoff.

It won't be as hot into next week with temperatures topping out near to a few degrees below normal away from the coast; expect 70s and 80s for most of the county. Humidity drops by midweek next week and will become more comfortable by next weekend.

Sunday's Highs:

  • Coast: 78-84°
  • Inland: 83-87°
  • Mountains: 70-85°
  • Desert: 94-99°

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1:45 p.m. Saturday, September 10

Remnants of Tropical Storm Kay are still visible on the radar, according to the National Weather Service.

8:00 a.m. Saturday, September 10

Weather Anchor Melissa's Saturday morning forecast:

ABC 10News Pinpoint Weather for Sat. Sept. 10, 2022

7:19 a.m. Saturday, September 10

The National Weather Service says to expect sporadic rain throughout much of Southern California on Saturday.

5:16 a.m. Saturday, September 10

Mt. Laguna and Julian received several inches of rain, while coastal communities received less than an inch, according to the National Weather Service.

4:48 p.m. Friday, September 9

The National Weather Service says over half an inch of rain fell at the San Diego airport, with up to four inches so far falling over the San Diego mountains and desert slope.

1:02 p.m. Friday, September 9

A flash flood warning has been issued for Campo, Jacumba, and Boulevard due to heavy rain.

10:50 a.m. Friday, September 9

The Padres provided an update for their evening game at Petco Park against the Dodgers:

10:40 a.m. Friday, September 9

Meteorologist Vanessa Paz’s update:

Hurricane Kay, downgraded to a Tropical Cyclone, was tracking 150 miles southeast of San Diego, moving north with sustained winds at 50 mph around 10 a.m. Friday.

Overnight, the big story was the hot temperatures along our inland and coastal communities. At 3 a.m., most of our coastal neighborhoods were in the upper 80s, downtown San Diego was sitting at 89. This was the result of rapid, down-sloping winds and the abundant cloud coverage locking in those warmer than average temperatures. We will likely set record warm minimum temperatures, and are waiting for NWS to publish those reports.

We're certainly feeling the effects of Kay in terms of gusty winds and heavy rain. So far, top peak wind gusts ranged from 70-100 mph, the highest in our mountains with Cuyamaca Peak clocking in 109 mph gusts at 7:27 a.m.

Coastal areas tracked gusts in the 40s, while inland valley communities recorded gusts ranging from 40-80 mph. Damaging winds with gusts exceeding 60-80 mph persist inland before weakening Friday night.

There have been multiple calls of downed trees and power lines because of high winds. It's advised you report any of this activity to your local authorities.

A High Wind Warning is in effect for the entire county through midnight, while a Wind Advisory remains in effect Saturday for the deserts, but winds are only expected to gust to 25 to 45mph. High profile vehicles should delay travel along the foothill and mountain areas until Saturday.

Heavy rain has been falling along I-8 in Alpine, Pine Valley, Mt. Laguna and along the Imperial/San Diego countywide but is becoming widespread. We're now seeing heavy isolated showers countywide. As of 10 a.m., we've gotten a few hundredths of an inch along the coast, a couple tenths of an inch in our valleys and mountains, Mt. Laguna, the big winner, recording close to 3/4 of an inch.

Widespread totals of 1 to 2 inches with 2 to 6 inches in the mountains and deserts and isolated up to 8 inches are expected by Sunday as showers continue to linger through the weekend. A Flash Flood Watch is in effect through Saturday night for the inland valleys, mountains, and deserts.

Elevated surf will accompany this storm with a Beach Hazards Statement in effect through Sunday night for waves of 4 to 6 feet and strong rip currents as well as the threat for lightning. A Gale Warning is in effect Friday and Saturday for winds of 35 to 45 knots and seas of 8 to 15 feet.

In addition, we're still under an Excessive Heat Warning through 8 p.m. for our coast and valleys. Coastal communities, surprisingly, will be warmer than our deserts this afternoon in the upper 80s low 90s. Inland valleys will top out in the 90s while mountains and deserts see close to a 15-20 degree drop in daytime highs.

Expect cooler temperatures this weekend, mostly in the 80s, but also higher humidity and warmer nights as moisture gets pulled in from the storm. Moisture will continue the tropical feeling into early next week.

Cooler and drier air moves in by mid to late next week as a trough of low-pressure dives south.

10:25 a.m. Friday, September 9

Because of the high winds swirling across the East County, the County Office of Education officials said Spencer Valley School District would close early (11:30 a.m.) and no after-school activities would take place.

COE officials also said Julian Union High School and Julian Union Elementary School districts are on their minimum day schedules for Friday.

Earlier in the morning, COE officials announced Mountain Empire Unified School District schools were closed for the day due to the windy conditions.

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9:16 a.m. Friday, September 9

8:05 a.m. Friday, September 9

Strong winds are whipping around the San Diego region, particularly in the East County.

6:05 a.m. Friday, September 9

With heavy rainfall from Tropical Storm Kay expected to douse San Diego County, sandbags are being made available for residents who need them for their areas.

Click here for a list of places offering free sandbags. People are being asked to call ahead to double-check availability and remember to bring a shovel to fill the bags. Some stations may have a limited supply.

5:03 p.m. Thursday, September 8

Kay has been downgraded to a tropical storm as it churns off the coast. The storm is still slated to bring strong winds and rain to San Diego County.

3:21 p.m. Thursday, September 8

The National Weather Service updated rainfall totals as Hurricane Kay approaches.

11:36 a.m. Thursday, September 8

Some areas could see the threat of excessive rainfall Friday, the National Weather Service says. A map was also released of the rainfall potential.

11:15 a.m. Thursday, September 8

10:30 a.m. Thursday, September 8

How will Hurricane Kay directly impact San Diego County? Meteorologist Vanessa Paz explains:

Today, we’re seeing more clouds and some shower activity around the county. By Friday, winds will pick up and expect heavy rain across the San Diego region.

Widespread gusty winds could exceed 80 mph towards San Diego’s inland valleys and mountains on Friday. The mountain areas and deserts should see thunderstorms by Friday evening.

From the beach communities to the deserts, rain will be widespread from Friday night into Saturday morning, with some of that activity lingering through Sunday.

The rainfall in the mountains and deserts, which could amount to up to 5 inches, could lead to potential flash flooding. Meanwhile, coastal and inland areas are expected to see up to 3 inches of rain accumulation.

Even with the stormy conditions, San Diego County is still going to be dealing with high temperatures, with an Excessive Heat Warning in place for the coast and inland valley through Friday night.

A Beach Hazard statement, Gale Watch, Flood Watch, and High Wind Watch will all take effect Friday.

6 a.m. Thursday, September 8

SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Hurricane Kay is expected to produce hazardous boating conditions in coastal waters around San Diego on Friday and Saturday, according to the National Weather Service.

Strong easterly winds are expected to increase Friday, and peak Friday afternoon and evening, with gusts reaching 35 to 45 knots. Southeast swells are predicted to increase Friday, and diminish Saturday.

Thunderstorms are possible from Friday until Saturday, bringing hazardous winds, waves and lightning strikes.

With the expected rain and potential flooding, sandbags are being made available for San Diego County residents. Click here for more information.

10:25 p.m. Wednesday, September 7

Hurricane Kay has weakened to a category 1 storm.

2:40 p.m. Wednesday, September 7

A tropical storm warning has been issued for Mexico. The warning ends at the border. Click here for more detailed information.

2:33 p.m. Wednesday, September 7

The National Weather Service is predicting an abrupt change in Southern California as Hurricane Kay inches closer. Increased fire weather danger is expected through Friday with tropical weather and a risk for flash flooding later in the week.

5:33 a.m. Wednesday, September 7

Hurricane Kay is expected to bring rainfall to Southern California. San Diego County could see several inches of rain as a result, according to the National Weather Service.