Unusual May Storm Arrives in San Diego for Mother's Day Weekend

If Lindbergh Field receives more than .42 of rain, a 159-year record will be broken.

A driver, stranded in knee-deep water, was just one of several emergency calls made during an unusual May storm Friday.

The storm arrived in San Diego County late Thursday, bringing rain, wind and possible thunderstorms.

"It has dumped a lot of rain in the South Bay," said NBC 7 Meterologist Jodi Kodesh.

A man sat on the top of his pickup truck in the Tijuana River Valley just after noon, awaiting rescue.

San Diego Fire-Rescue crews and Imperial beach lifeguards responded to the intersection of Sunset and Saturn.

The man's truck got stuck in the water and he waited for about 15 minutes until emergency personnel could rescue him safely.

Just before 11 a.m. San Diego Fire-Rescue responded to the report of a car stuck in knee-deep floodwater in the Otay Mesa area.

When crews arrived they found the car in standing water on Airway Road near La Media Road.

The driver flooded his engine by driving too slowly through the water.

San Diego Police officers had to coax the man to get out of his car and walk to safety.

The car was towed away. The driver was not injured.

An NBC 7 News crew found streets were flooded in Encinitas by 10 a.m.

Bob Uslander of Oceanside said the rain was a welcome change from the usual May weather.

His son Levi has a playoff baseball game Saturday so he’s concerned the game might be canceled.

"Other than that, I’m just fine with it. I like it," Uslander said of the storm.

In Ocean Beach, Todd Partridge was taken advantage of the storm to squeeze in some surfing.

"There’s just something magical about surfing in the rain," the OB resident said.

He said he thinks about the risk of being in the water with the storm runoff but sometimes the conditions are so good, he’s willing to take the chance because the conditions are so good.

Preliminary rain totals show more than an inch of rain at Otay Mountain with almost an inch at Brown Field and in San Marcos.

Julian reports just shy of four-tenths of an inch of rain with Lindbergh Field reporting the same as of 9 a.m. Friday.

If Lindbergh Field receives more than .42 of rain, a 159-year record will be broken.

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