Stormy Night

San Diego police were called to Lindbergh Field to help with crowd control


A powerful storm blew through San Diego County Sunday night, causing flooding and knocking out power in some neighborhoods and at Lindbergh Field.

All the storm-related advisories from last night's storm have expired. For Monday morning, the National Weather Service expects a few showers with rainfall amounts of a tenth of an inch or less.

What will remain though are the gusty winds that caused problems in San Diego Bay. One sailboat was pushed up against the rocks surrounding Shelter Island, near the Bali Hai Restaurant.

Harbor Police warned the public to stay out of the water after multiple reports of boats losing their moorings and drifting in the bay.

Crews worked to clear a downed tree near UC San Diego. The tree blocked northbound lanes at North Torrey Pines and Muir College Drive just after 2 a.m.

The storm also caused power outages overnight.

More than 1400 residents in Old Town, Mission Hills and Hillcrest will not wake up to an alarm. According to SDG&E, power went out around 11:30 p.m. due to a problem in the overhead electrical system Power was restored around 2 a.m.

The storm also caused a power outage at Terminal 2 at Lindbergh field around 9 p.m. Operations stopped at check-in counters, security checkpoints and baggage claim carousels. Power was restored after nearly 45 minutes but the backlog of flights and departures caused long lines throughout the terminal.

The California Highway Patrol shut down Interstate 5 in the Grapevine from Castaic through most of the Tejon Pass, leaving some travelers stranded.

Drivers could use State Route 14, also known as the Antelope Valley Freeway, as an alternate route, but that road was badly congested as weekend travelers attempted to return home.

Here in San Diego, CHP officers closed down the Washington Street onramp to southbound State Route 163 due to flooding.

There is also roadside flooding along Winter Gardens Boulevard at Woodside Avenue in El Cajon.

As of Monday morning, San Diego County got about .8 of an inch of rain.

The forecast suggests some scattered showers or isolated thunderstorms throughout the day and as many as three more storms are expected to come in by the end of the week.

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