RESIDENTS SWELTER--AND FROLIC--AS STORM DOUSES REGION

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By Miriam Raftery

Photo: East County resident Linda Niman stripped down and cooled off with a free-spirited "rain dance" that piqued interest on social media.  

August 3, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) – A monsoonal storm brought torrential rain, hail, lightning strikes and flooding to portions of San Diego County over the past two days.

Residents also sweltered in high heat coupled with high humidity  The National Weather Service San Diego office posted on Facebook earlier today,“Current Dewpoint at the office is 73F degrees, oppressive!"

The NWS Weather Service reports the storm produced at least 723 lightning strikes across Southern California.

Patch.com reports half-inch hailstones fell on I-8.  Hardest hit was Mount Palomar, where 1.76 inches of  rain fell on Tuesday; 60 mile an hour winds and hail the size of pennies also pounded Palomar. Mount Laguna recorded over an inch of rain in the 24 hours that ended early yesterday morning.

East County resident Linda Niman found a way to cool down amid the wet and humid weather, however, posting playful photos on her Facebook page of her improvised “rain dance” -- wearing nothing but a smile [as her text reveals] and a strategically posed umbrella.