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STORM HITS SAN DIEGO; MULTIPLE OUTAGES, ROAD BLOCKAGES

Update as of 9:46 PM: LARGE 3-4 FOOT BOULDER BLOCKING LANES SEVERAL SMALLER BOULDERS IN THE RDWY AS WELL El Monte Rd/Lake Jennings Park Rd

Update as of 9:28 PM:  Conrad Dr. in Spring Valley is now OPEN.

Update as of 8:38 PM: another boulder blocking eastbound lanes at 78/Wynola

Update as 8:28 PM:  3 ft. boulder in the middle of 10056 Shadow Creek Rd.

Update as of 8:21 PM:  Roadway flooding at Pine Creek Campground.


Update as of 8:11 PM:  Boulders in roadway of Skyline Truck Trail/Lawson Valley Rd. 

Update as of 8:10 PM:  Lyons Valley Rd. OPEN

Update as of 7:58 PM:  Bus bridges along Green/Orange Lines b/t Alvarado & 70th and Amaya & Arnele. 

Updates as of 7:49 PM:  Lanes are now open on EB SR-94 east of Federal Blvd. Big tree sticking out into the roadway at Arnold Way/Harbison Canyon Road. 

Update by Liz Alper: all outdoor athletics in GUHSD have been canceled due to weather.

Updates as of 4:54 PM:  Beware of mud on the 78 at Magnolia Ave.  Flooding at I8 W at Lake Murray.  LONG TERM CLOSURE POSSIBLE AT 94 AND FOREST GATE RD. - 2 TELEPHONE POLES IN HIGHWAY AND 3RD READY TO FALL.  

Updates as of 5:00 PM:  Flooding at 94 and Federal.  Tree down at Honey Springs Road.  Flooding at 94 W and College.  Rock and misc. debris in lanes of 78 at Wynola Rd. on Julian side.

Updates as of 5:04 PM:  25 FOOT TREE LAYING ACROSS RDWY at Royal Rd.  Wildcat Canyon Rd. at 14545 flooded.  Power pole down at Japatul and Carveacre.  TREE DOWN / MAY ROLL ONTO THE HWY ,,   5 METERS FROM THE FWY 94 W and college

Update as of 5:15 PM:  ELECTRIC POWER LINES DOWN IN THE RDWY at Echo/Proctor Valley.  Alpine, Lyons Valley Rd Closed between Lyons Peak Rd and the 7 m/m due to downed tree, Alpine, Via Viejas Dip Closed between Calle De Pescadores and Palo Danzante due to flooding

Update as of 5:31 PM:  Water halfway up a vehicle at Ramona/H St.

Update as of 5:48 PM:  Large boulder stuck under vehicle on 78 and Orchard.  Three lanes blocked on on EB SR-94 east of Federal Blvd due to flooding. Flash flood warning in effect until 9 p.m.  Few big boulders blocking north/southbound lanes at 1165 Peutz Valley Rd.  Both lanes blocked on Old Highway 80 and Stagecoach Springs Rd. 

 

East County News Service

Photos: flooding at University Ave. by Miriam Raftery and runoff by Alvarado Hospital by Liz Alper

January 20, 2017 (San Diego's East County) - On day one of the second storm to hit San Diego, there are several power outages in East County and several traffic hazards.

FLOODS FORECAST: STRONGEST STORMS IN 7 YEARS TO BRING HAZARDS THURSDAY TO TUESDAY

 

By Miriam Raftery

January 17, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) – The National Weather Service warns that a series of strong Pacific storms will pack a wallop across Southern California from Thursday, January 19th through Tuesday, January 24th—bringing flooding of rivers, possible mudslides and tree damage from saturated grounds.

FREE SAND AND SANDBAGS AVAILABLE ACROSS COUNTY

 

By Gig Connaughton, County of San Diego Communications Office

January 11, 2017 (San Diego) - San Diego County didn’t have to deal with the “atmospheric river” of rain that swamped Northern and Central California this week. However, we’ve still gotten a lot more rain so far this winter than expected — two to five times as much in some areas in December 2016 than December 2015, when El Niño was raising fears of big rains.

CHIEF’S CORNER: MUD FLOW/EROSION SAFETY TIPS—STORMS COMING!

 

By Sam DiGiovanna

January 2, 2017 (San Diego) -- The National Weather Service (NWS) is forecasting the possibility of significant storm beginning next Saturday. The NWS is reporting that an Atmospheric River (a narrow corridor of concentrated moisture in the atmosphere) may reach southern California Saturday.

This may produce more rain than we have seen in decades. Start thinking ahead to prepare.

RAIN BRINGS URBAN RUNOFF TO COUNTY BEACHES

 

Source: County of San Diego

December 30, 2016 (San Diego) -- The Department of Environmental Health has issued a General Advisory for the coastal waters of San Diego County due to recent rainfall. Swimmers, surfers, and other ocean users are warned that levels of bacteria can rise significantly in ocean and bay waters, especially near storm drains, creeks, rivers, and lagoon outlets that discharge urban runoff. Urban runoff may contain large amounts of bacteria from a variety of sources such as animal waste, soil, and decomposing vegetation. While many coastal storm drains within San Diego County are permanently posted with white metal warning signs, additional temporary warning signs are not posted for General Advisories. Activities such as swimming, surfing and diving should be avoided in all coastal waters for 72 hours following rain. This includes all coastal beaches and all of Mission Bay and San Diego Bay. Elevated bacteria levels can persist after a rainstorm depending upon the intensity of the storm, volume of runoff and ocean and current conditions. 

ROAD HAZARDS ACROSS REGION, SNOW IN MOUNTAINS, FROST WARNING TONIGHT IN URBAN AREAS

 

East County Wildfire & Emergency Alerts

December 24, 2016 (San Diego's East County)--Heavy snow is blanketing Mt. Laguna, with several inches reported in Boulevard.  Snow could dip to 3,000 feet tonight, with frost possible even in urban and suburban areas such as El Cajon and La Mesa tonight and tomorrow, according to forecaster Alex Tardy with the National Weather Service.

The storm, combined with accidents, has resulted in numerous accidents and other road hazards across our region.

WHITE CHRISTMAS: SNOW FORECAST DOWN TO 3,500 FEET

 

Sheriff warns of snow jams

Readers, send us your snow photos! editor@eastcountymagazine.org

East County News Service

December 22, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) – A winter storm in the region is dropping heavy rain across our region, with snow forecast to dip down to 3,500 feet by Saturday. That includes Pine Valley, Descanso,  and Julian,  with  six inches or more possible atop Mt Laguna.

Strong winds of 60 miles per hour or more are expected in some mountain areas.

The Sheriff offers this advice if you plan to visit these areas:

COUNTY OFFERS FREE SAND, SANDBAGS BEFORE STORM

 

By Tracy DeFore, County of San Diego Communications Office

December 15, 2016 (San Diego) - With heavy rains expected, the County Department of Public Works is once again offering free sand and bags to residents in the unincorporated areas to help protect homes, neighborhoods and streets from flooding and erosion.

STORM FORECAST THURSDAY THROUGH SATURDAY

 

East County News Service

December 13, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) – A potentially potent storm will swing across Southern California late this week, which could bring heavy rain at high elevations, and gusty southwesterly winds in mountains, valleys, deserts and coastal areas. Dangerous conditions for small craft along coastal waters are also expected.

SANTA ANA WINDS FORECAST THURSDAY THROUGH SATURDAY

 

East County Wildfire and Emergency Alerts

November 30, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) – A potentially strong Santa Ana weather pattern will develop Thursday evening, bringing strong Santa Ana winds Thursday night through Saturday. Sustained winds of 20-30 miles per hour and gusts over 65 mph are possible in the windiest locations, including Highway 8 in San Diego County from Alpine to the Imperial County border.

STORMS SOAK REGION; HIGH WIND WARNING ISSUED

By Miriam Raftery

Photo:  UCSD HP Wren camera on Mt. Laguna

November 27, 2016 (San Diego's East County) --The National Weather Service has issued a high wind warning for our mountain and desert regions through tonight,with gusts up to 65 miles an hour possible.  If traveling watch for downed trees and power lines, blowing sand, rain-slicked highways and icy conditions in higher mountain areas.

Drought-parched mountain areas in East County have received welcome relief from a pair of storms that swooped into the region over the weekend.

As of 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, the National Weather Service reports over 2.4 inches of rain fell at Lake Cuyamaca, with nearly 1.7 inches at Julian. Snow has fallen on taller mountain peaks, including over an inch on Mount Laguna.

RAIN, STRONG WINDS, HIGH SURF AND SNOW TO IMPACT REGION

 

By Miriam Raftery

November 25, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) – Rain, thunderstorms and high winds are forecast starting Saturday afternoon through Sunday evening to cap off Thanksgiving weekend. Up to three inches of snow is possible above 5,500 feet, with rain-slicked highways expected to slow holiday travelers in lower elevations.

STORM DRENCHES REGION; SUNNY SKIES FORECAST FOR THANKSGIVING

 

East County News Service

November 21, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) -- Sunday night’s storm brought heavy rains to much of drought-stricken San Diego County.

Descanso and Cuyamaca received more than an inch of rain and over an inch and a half fell on Palomar Mountain. Ramona and Julian received just under an inch, while Santee, Campo and Boulevard all got about a half inch of rain, though less than a quarter of an inch was received at San Diego’s Lindbergh Field.

WINTER STORM TO BRING HEAVY RAIN TONIGHT AND MONDAY

 

East County News Service

November 20, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) – The National Weather Service is forecasting a winter-like storm system will arrive Sunday and continue through the day on Monday. The brunt of this storm system will come after dark Sunday evening, and continue through Monday morning.  A wind advisory is also in effect for mountain and desert areas in San Diego County, where gusts up to 55 miles per hour may occur.

MORE THUNDERSTORMS, RAIN IN FORECAST THURSDAY AND FRIDAY

 

East County News Service

October 25, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) — Yesterday’s storm dropped only minimal rainfall but over 4,000 lightning strikes occurred across southwestern California.  But a new storm Thursday evening through Friday could bring heavier rain, hail, thunderstorms and dangerous lightning, the National Weather Service predicts.

GROSSMONT HIGH FOOTBALL PLAYER HURT BY LIGHTNING: WHY WASN’T PRACTICE CANCELLED DURING THUNDERSTORM?

By Miriam Raftery

Photo courtesy ECM news partner 10 News

October 25, 2016 (El Cajon)—A 14-year-old football player at Grossmont High School was injured  by lightning that struck nearby while walking toward the locker room after football practice yesterday around 6:15 p.m. 

In 2010,  we reported on a coach at El Capitan High School who kept players on a field during a lightning storm in violation of district policy. “The policy of the GUHSD in thunder/lightning storm conditions would be to immediately seek safe shelter at the first sound of thunder and to remain in said shelter until at least ½ hour after the last sound of thunder,” Larry Pear, director of extended and co-curricular activities at the Grossmont Union High School District,  told us at the time.

Numerous witnesses report seeing lighting strikes throughout the afternoon in the community, right up until the time the student was struck. So why wasn’t yesterday’s football practice at Grossmont High, in the same school district, cancelled?

STRONG WINDS FORECAST FOR SUNDAY AND MONDAY

 

East County News Service

September 30, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) – Windy conditions are forecast Sunday through Monday across the County, with strongest winds in the mountains, deserts, and over coastal waters. Gusts could reach 55 miles per hour in the mountain and desert areas, the National Weather Service predicts.

RED FLAG WARNING FOR FRIDAY AND SATURDAY

 

Source: County Emergency Services

September 1, 2016 (San Diego's East County) --The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning from 11 a.m. Friday to 8 p.m.Saturday for the San Diego County mountains and deserts. The Red Flag Warning has been issued due to strong gusty winds and low humidity.

Winds will be west to southwest 15 to 25 miles per hour with gusts to 40 mph. Strongest winds will be in the afternoon and evening with afternoon humidity forecasted at 5 to 10 percent.

RED FLAG WARNING EXTENDED THROUGH THURSDAY NIGHT

 

Source: San Diego County Emergency Updates

August 16, 2016 (San Diego) -- The National Weather Service has extended the Red Flag Warning until 9 p.m. Thursday for the San Diego County mountains and deserts. The Red Flag Warning has been issued due to strong gusty winds and low. Gusty winds west to southwest along the ridges and desert slopes of the mountains will be accompanied by very low relative humidity, resulting in critical wildfire conditions.

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