Beach Thunderstorms Rumble Along County

Thunder was cracking along San Diego’s coast Sunday, threatening rain across the county.

Several storms developed from downtown to North County beginning around 8:30 a.m.

According to NBC 7 Meteorologist Greg Bledsoe, the thunderstorms were caused by the stream of monsoonal moisture that’s been flowing up from the south over the past few days.

Bledsoe said it is unusual to see summer thunderstorms drift as far west as the coast. Usually during this time of year, San Diego County only feels more humidity with a chance for thunderstorms over the mountains and inland valleys.

A number of power outages have been reported from Point Loma to Encinitas, according to the SDG&E outage map, though it's unclear if those outages are due to weather.

As of noon Sunday, 483 customers are without power in the Encinitas area, 688 in the Torrey Pines and University City areas and 157 in the Ocean Beach, Sunset Cliffs and Point Loma region. 

Joe Ruvido, a San Diego resident for over 24 years, shared with NBC 7 on Twitter that he “can’t ever recall a t-storm like this along the coast!”

So far, the amount of rainfall recorded has been minimal.

Solana Beach was the only weather station reporting any measureable rainfall with a little more than a tenth of an inch as of 10:00 a.m.

Multiple NBC 7 viewers have reported heavy rain and lighting in Del Mar, Carlsbad, Mission Valley, Hillcrest and Pacific Beach. Light showers briefly moved over downtown around 8:30 a.m.

Lynda Mantle sent NBC 7 an update on Facebook this morning about the thunderstorm in Solana Beach. She said it was “pouring and the thunder shook my apartment! The lightning looks like it’s right here too.”

Bledsoe said the chance for thunderstorms will continue throughout Sunday and actually increase a little later this afternoon as the weather heats up.

On Monday, there will be a slight chance for more thunderstorms, but the rest of the week looks drier as the moisture tapers off.

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