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August 13, 2012 (San Diego's East County) - The National Weather Service has isseud a flash flood warning for southeast San Diego County. Radar indicates flash flooding is occurring near the Live Oak Springs and Boulevard areas and other rural areas along the southern mountains.  A lesser flash flood watch is in effect for a broader area that includes San Diego County deserts and mountain.

In addition, a special weather statement has been issued for a strong thunderstorm 17 m iles southwest of Ocotillo moving north, with hail up to the size of nickels and wind gusts to 50 mph expected.  Southwest areas in San Diego County will be impacted by this storm.  Excessive heat warnings also remain in effect, with temperatures up to 118 degrees in some portions of East County.

Do not attempt to drive through flooded roadways.  A vehicle can be swept away by even a few inches of fast-moving water.  Monitor news reports closely if traveling in mountain or desert areas.

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