Heavy Rain, Flooding as Sunday Storm Sweeps Through San Diego County

The National Weather Service extended their flash flood warning for San Diego County as heavy rain and thunder flooded many parts of San Diego. 

The National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning for Central San Diego County around 2 p.m. Sunday and extended it to 8 p.m. Sunday. Areas affected included Poway, Ramona, Alpine, Valley Center, Tierrasanta, Escondido, San Marcos, Santee, San Diego Country Estates, Descanso, Palomar Mountain, Lakeside and surrounding areas. 

A flood advisory for urban and small streams was also in effect until 3:45 p.m. for south central parts of the county, including El Cajon, Poway, Ramona, Alpine, Mount Laguna, Julian, Escondido and other parts of inland and desert regions. To read a full forecast with complete warnings and watches, click here. 

When the rain came pummeling into San Diego Sunday afternoon, the heavy storm left many roads and cars underwater with reported sinkholes and mudslides around the county. 

Parts of State Route 79 near Sunshine Summit in El Cajon flooded, the California Highway Patrol said. State Route 78 north of Ramona reportedly flooded.

In Spring Valley, rain shut down Quarry Road Drip between Highway 125 and Lakeview Road. 

On Interstate 5 southbound near Genesee, cars hydroplaned, the CHP said. The San Diego Fire-Rescue department worked to control traffic during the rain.

The offramp near Interstate 8 east near East Fletcher Parkway is completely flooded, the CHP said.

Multiple vehicles were submerged in flood water on the 7600 block of Alvarado Road in El Cajon, according to reports the CHP received.

Following similar unprecedented rainfall Saturday, San Diego marked a new record. The city saw more rainfall than it ever had seen in the month of July. 

San Diego continued a second day of record-breaking rainfall across the county. As of 4 p.m., Ramona had received 2.96 inches of rain, far outnumbering the runner-up, Dulzura Summit, which received 0.87 inches of rainfall. 

Within city boundaries, Kearny Mesa topped the list with 0.81 inches of rainfall by 4 p.m. Along the coast, Lindbergh Field saw 0.28 inches and Oceanside saw 0.08 inches of rainfall. Solana Beach received the least rainfall of the measured cities with 0.01 inches of measured rainfall by 4 pm. 

The Tijuana Slough National Wildlife Reguse and Border Field State Park have both been closed due to sewage-contaminated flow from the Tijuana River. The coastline closed goes from Seacoast Drive to the International Border. 

A beach hazards statement at county beaches is in effect through Monday for potential lightning, strong rip currents and high surf with sets hitting five to seven feet. 

Power outages were reported due to weather-related issues. 

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