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Powerful Storm Headed for San Diego

Three powerful storm systems from the Pacific are expected to roll into Southern California by the end of the week. That could mean strong winds and lots of rain for San Diego. KPBS Reporter Dwane Bro

Powerful Storm Headed for San Diego

Three powerful storm systems from the Pacific are expected to roll into Southern California by the end of the week. That could mean strong winds and lots of rain for San Diego. KPBS Reporter Dwane Brown has more.

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By this time Monday, San Diego could be well above its usual rainfall for this time of year. And that hasn't happened since 2005. Forecasters say San Diego needs an inch and a half of rain to move above normal for early January.

The National Weather service is predicting the heaviest rain in Southern California in three years beginning tomorrow night. The second and third wave are expected to be the strongest and that's forecast for late Friday and Saturday.

The storm could dump up to 10 inches in some areas. That will be a welcome relief from the drought that's plagued San Diego's back country for two years.

However, heavy rains could also have a downside in areas burned by the October wild fires.   The Weather service is likely to issue a flash flood watch for those areas over the next few days.

Dwane Brown KPBS News.

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