Monster Storm Bearing Down on San Diego

Biggest storm since January due to hit county late tonight

Tuesday, Nov 25, 2008  |  Updated 10:00 AM PDT
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Tuesday's Forecast

Brace yourself for a big storm.

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A big rain maker is on the way and, in fact, is already knocking on the door. 

Light sprinkles and even a few brief showers started flowing north from Mexico around 3 a.m.  Only trace amounts fell before and during the commute.  

It appears the main body of the storm won't hit until Tuesday night or maybe even early Wednesday morning.  If it lives up to its billing it will be the wettest storm we've seen around San Diego in nine months.  Rainfall amounts should be lightest at the coast and heaviest in the mountains.  Computer models say totals could range between a half inch and an inch along the coastline, an inch and a half or more in the valleys and up to four inches are possible in the mountains.

The rain could be heavy enough to cause flooding or flash flooding.  All areas of the county are at risk.  The steady rain should taper off to showers by Wednesday night but showers and even thundershowers are possible through Thanksgiving Day.

The San Diego Fire-Rescue Department is making sandbags available for residents who live in areas that may be prone to urban flooding.  They include:

  • Fire Station 15 - 4711 Voltaire Street in Ocean Beach
  • Fire Station 21 - 750 Grand Avenue in Pacific Beach
  • Fire Station 28 - 3880 Kearny Villa Road in the Kearny Mesa/Montgomery Field area
  • Fire Station 29 - 198 West San Ysidro Blvd in San Ysidro
  • Fire Station 33 - 16966 Bernardo Center Drive in Rancho Bernardo
  • Fire Station 37 - 11640 Spring Canyon Road in Scripps Ranch
  • Lifeguard Stations in Ocean Beach, Mission Beach and Pacific Beach

There is a limit of 10 sandbags per household or business for San Diego city residents.

Along with the moisture you can plan on gusty winds and colder than normal temperatures.

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