Street Flooding Reported as Winter Storm Inundates San Diego

Street Flooding Reported as Winter Storm Inundates San Diego

Street Flooding Reported as Winter Storm Inundates San Diego

A high-wind warning that went into effect at 6 a.m. was set to expire at 10 p.m. for Julian, Pine Valley and Borrego Springs. Wind gusts from 55 to 75 mph will be possible along desert slopes and below mountain passes, according to the weather service. The gusts could adversely impact travelers in San Diego County along Interstates 8 and 15, as well as Old Highway 395, authorities said.

The blustery, wet conditions — the first dose of significant local precipitation in months — brought much-needed moisture to the parched region while snarling morning rush-hour traffic, prompting SeaWorld San Diego to close for the day and generating flooding and mudslides on roadways from the coast to the eastern highlands.

National Weather Service. The total in Oceanside already outpaced the 2-inch maximum prediction for San Diego’s coastal areas, and the rain was expected to continue throughout the day.

California Highway Patrol logged dozens of rain-related crashes across the county. No serious injuries related to the wrecks were reported.

The downpours prompted SeaWorld to shut down as a safety precaution for the first time in nearly a year, park spokesman David Koontz said. The popular tourist destination, which last closed due to heavy rain last Feb. 27, was slated to reopen Wednesday, he said.


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