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Storm Expected To End By Saturday Morning

Students and parents walk to Dailard Elementary in San Diego during the Friday morning downpour, Dec. 12, 2014.
Susan Murphy
Students and parents walk to Dailard Elementary in San Diego during the Friday morning downpour, Dec. 12, 2014.

A slow, rainy slog for commuters on Genesee Avenue in Clairemont, Dec. 12, 2014.
Laura Wingard
A slow, rainy slog for commuters on Genesee Avenue in Clairemont, Dec. 12, 2014.

Rainfall Totals

Totals as of early Friday evening:

• Alpine 0.72 of an inch

• Carlsbad 1.41 inches

• Chula Vista 1.10 inches

• Del Mar 0.88 of an inch

• Encinitas 1.02 inches

• Julian 0.97 of an inch

• Lindbergh Field 1.05 inches

• La Mesa 0.68 of an inch

• Lemon Grove 0.98 of an inch

• Oceanside 1.09 inches

• Palomar Mountain 1.44 inches

• Poway 0.84 of an inch

• Rancho Bernardo 0.81 of an inch

• San Marcos 0.99 of an inch

• Santee 1.01 inches

• Solana Beach 0.77 of an inch

• Vista 1.01 inches

Source: National Weather Service

UPDATE 6:57 p.m. Second Storm Expected For Tuesday:

A blustery late-autumn storm will last overnight with another storm expected to reach San Diego on Tuesday.

The showers started Thursday and increased in intensity through much of the county toward daybreak, according to the National Weather Service.

The deluge made for dicey commutes. Between midnight and 4 p.m., the California Highway Patrol logged 290 collisions. Over an entire day of fair weather, by comparison, the CHP generally responds to 50-75 crashes.

Brett Albright, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said he expects the pattern of the rain to return on Tuesday.

UPDATE 3:20 p.m. More Rain Coming:

Scattered rain will return Friday evening to San Diego County and is expected to continue through Saturday morning.

The region will see another 0.25 of an inch of rain, said Brett Albright, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

The following roads are closed due to the rain:

• Camino de la Reina behind Fashion Valley Mall

• Country Club Road in San Marcos

• Quarry Road Dip from Lakeview Avenue to State Route 125 in Spring Valley

The county is updating its website with a list of road closures.

UPDATE Noon: Storm Causes Increase In Collisions

Between midnight and 10 a.m., the California Highway Patrol logged 108 collisions. Over an entire day of fair weather, by comparison, the CHP generally responds to 50 to 75 crashes.

UPDATE 11:47 a.m.: Rain Prompts Road Closures

The heavy storm pounding San Diego County on Friday prompted a number of road closures.

According to the San Diego Police Department, the following roads are closed:

• Camino de la Reina behind Fashion Valley Mall

• 10000 block of Mission San Diego Road

• Quarry Road Dip from Lakeview Avenue to State Route 125

• Spring Valley Road

UPDATE 11:40 a.m.: Lifeguards End Search Without Finding Anyone

The search for a reported missing man ended around 11:40 a.m. after no one was found and there was no trace that someone was missing, said Lee Swanson, a spokesman for the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.

UPDATE 11 a.m.: Lifeguards Search For Missing Man

Several rescue crews were searching Friday morning for a man who was reported missing in floodwaters near Home and Hixson avenues. As of 11 a.m., the man had not been found, said Lee Swanson, a spokesman for the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.

Original post:

Moderate to heavy showers fell around San Diego County Friday morning as a strong Pacific storm hit the region.

"Rainfall rates could reach one-half inch per hour, which is sufficient to trigger flash floods and debris flows in and below recent burn areas," the National Weather Service said, adding that among the burn areas at greatest risk is the Cocos Fire burn area in San Marcos.

The storm caused mudslides, flooding, evacuations and freeway closures in the Los Angeles area before arriving in San Diego.

On Thursday, the center of the storm and its torrential rains hit Northern California, pushing waterways toward flood stage, toppling trees and cutting power to thousands.

A flash flood watch for valley areas was scheduled from 3 a.m. through late Friday night.

The Weather Service also issued a wind advisory for coastal and valley areas until 10 a.m., saying sustained winds early Friday are likely to be around 20 to 30 miles per hour and gusts will top out at 45 mph.

Rain is seen on a window looking out on to a street in Oak Park, Dec. 12, 2014.
Nicholas McVicker
Rain is seen on a window looking out on to a street in Oak Park, Dec. 12, 2014.

A high surf advisory is in effect from 4 a.m. Friday to 10 p.m. Saturday. Sets of 12 to 14 feet are possible, especially along west-facing beaches.

"High surf and strong rip currents will result in dangerous swimming conditions," the weather service said. "Waves may over top jetties and sea walls at times."

Showers are expected to taper off late Friday night into Saturday morning.

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