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CAL FIRE INCREASES STAFFING IN PREPARATION FOR SANTA ANA WINDS

 

Source: CAL FIRE

October 20, 2017 (San Diego) -- As Firefighters in Northern California continue to make progress on 9 large wildfires burning across the State, the true magnitude of the devastation of loss of life and property is beginning to come to life.  This recent series of fires is the deadliest in California State History. Since the start of the October Fire Siege on October 8, there have been 21 major wildfires that burned over 245,000 acres, forced 100,000 people to evacuate, destroyed 6,900 structures and sadly took the lives of 42 people.    

RED FLAG WARNING ISSUED FOR HIGH FIRE DANGER

 

 

East County Wildfire and Emergency Alerts

 

October 8, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) -- The National Weather Service has issued a red flag warning for all of inland San Diego County as medium to strong Santa Winds bring very dry and windy weather to our region starting tonight through early Tuesday.  Critical fire weather conditions are likely in parts of coastal foothills, valleys and mountain passes.

Northeast winds of 25 to 35 miles per hour with gusts up to 55 miles per hour are forecast. This could bring power outages, broken tree limbs and debris on roadways as well as hazardous cross-winds for high-profile vehicles, so use caution if traveling.

ELEVATED FIRE CONCERNS AS HOT, WINDY WEATHER ARRIVES

 

By Miriam Raftery

September 24, 2017 (San Diego) – Hot, windy weather is forecast this week, creating elevated fire concerns, the National Weather Service in San Diego advises.

Hottest weather will occur in inland valleys with temperatures up to 100 degrees.  There will also be gusty offshore winds of up to 35 miles per hour starting Sunday night and continue through at least Wednesday. 

PUERTO RICO HIT HARD BY HURRICANE MARIA

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: NASA/NSR

September 20, 2017 (San Diego) — The eye of Hurricane Maria passed almost directly over San Juan, the capitol of Puerto Rico.  The powerful storm made landfall with 155 mile per hour winds—just 2 miles per hour short of Category 5 status.  It’s believed to be the strongest hurricane in at least 80 years to hit Puerto Rico, a U.S. territory home to 3.5 million people.

IRMA WALLOPS FLORIDA, HEADING NEXT TO GEORGIA

 

By Miriam Raftery

September 10, 2017 (San Diego) – Measuring 400 miles wide with winds still up to 120 miles an hour, Hurricane Irma has slammed into the Florida Keys and Florida’s Gulf Coast.  The storm that began as a powerful category 5 hurricane first devastated islands across the Caribbean with winds up to 185 mph, before striking Florida as a still-strong category 4 hurricane.

HURRICANE IRMA DEVASTATES CARRIBEAN ISLES: DANGEROUS STORM HEADS FOR FLORIDA

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photos:  Hurricane damage in the Caribbean, courtesy of Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States

September 7, 2017 (San Diego) – The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) has issued a report on devastating wrought by Hurricane Irma, a powerful category 5 hurricane that smashed into multiple Caribbean islands and is now on track to hit Florida this weekend. Evacuations are ordered in every Florida county.  The storm could also veer north after Florida toward Georgia and the Carolinas.

HURRICANE IRMA, STRONGEST EVER RECORDED, SLAMS INTO VIRGIN ISLANDS AND HEADS TO U.S. MAINLAND

 

East County News Service

September 6, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) - On the heels of Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma is now wreaking havoc in the Caribbean and is heading toward the U.S. mainland.

Irma is the strongest hurricane ever recorded in the Atlantic, with wind speeds of 185 miles per hour. It slammed into the U.S. Virgin Islands as a category 5 hurricane, and is also soon expected to ravage Puerto Rico, a U.S. territory and other Caribbean islands.

WIND ADVISORY ISSUED AS LIDIA REACHES SAN DIEGO

 

By Miriam Raftery

September 3, 2017 (San Diego) — The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory in effect now through 10 p.m. tonight do to remnants of Tropical Storm Lidia, now downgraded to a tropical depression. Thunderstorms and rain are also impacting the region with heaviest rainfall likely on Mt. Laguna, where an inch of rain may fall.

RAINS POSSIBLE, FREE SANDBAGS AVAILABLE

 

Even though the region’s heat wave continues, the National Weather Service is predicting San Diego County residents could see heavy rains, winds and thunderstorms this weekend, mainly on Sunday.

TROPICAL STORM LIDIA COULD BRING THUNDERSTORMS, ROUGH SEAS TO SAN DIEGO COUNTY THIS WEEKEND

 

East County News Service

September 1, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) – If you’re  planning a picnic, barbecue or other outdoor activity this Labor Day weekend, be aware there’s a possibility of widespread showers and scattered thunderstorms due to tropical storm Lidia.

Tropical Storm Lidia has already wreaked havoc in Baja, Mexico, bringing flooding in Cabo San Lucas and closing airports at Cabo and La Paz. Some 20,000 tourists and thousands of residents have been evacuated to shelters there.

LOCAL RESCUE PERSONNEL HEAD TO HOUSTON TO ASSIST IN EPIC FLOOD

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: Texas National Guard,  U.S. Army photo by 1st Lt. Zachary West

August 29, 2017 (San Diego) – Rescue personnel from the San Diego region including East County are heading to Texas, where  Hurricane Harvey, a category 4 hurricane since reclassified as a tropical storm,  has dumped the heaviest rainfall ever recorded on the U.S. mainland—50 inches or more in places.

Much of Houston, Texas is submerged beneath a swath of floodwaters 50 miles wide.  so much rain fell that the National Weather Service had to add new color coding to its maps.

At least eight people have died.  An estimated 1.7 million  have evacuated  in Texas and Louisana as the storm continues its destructive path, according to the White House website, with many people still awaiting rescue, trapped amid rising waters. Now, a levee south of Houston in Brazoria County has broken and residents in its path are ordered to get out immediately. 

DANGEROUS HEAT WAVE TO EXTEND THROUGH LABOR DAY WEEKEND

 

By Miriam Raftery

Sources: National Weather Service and San Diego County News Center

August 28, 2017 (San Diego) -- A dangerous heat wave will continue the rest of this week across all of San Diego County, with isolated thunderstorms through Labor Day weekend also forecast, the National Weather Service advised today.  The County of San Diego also issued an alert urging residents to take precautions during the extreme heat.

DANGEROUS HEAT WAVE FORECAST SUNDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY

 

East County News Service

August 26, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) – The National Weather Service is warning of a “dangerous heat wave”  forecast to hit San Diego County starting Sunday mid-morning through at least Wednesday.   Excessive heat warnings and advisories have been issued for the region, with Monday and Tuesday expected to be the hottest days. Even the coast won’t be spared from this heat wave.

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

 

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!"

CHIEF’S CORNER: FLASH FLOOD SAFETY TIPS

 

By Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna

August 2, 2017 (San Diego) -- More people lose their LIVES in floods than in any other weather-related event. Eighty percent of flood deaths occur in vehicles, and most happen when drivers make a single, fatal mistake - trying to navigate through floodwaters.

Watch for the following signs:

FLOOD WATCH FOR EAST COUNTY AND INLAND AREAS

 

East County Wildfire & Emergency Alerts

August 2, 2017 (San Diego’s East County)   -- The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch Wednesday morning for San Diego’s inland region that includes the East County communities of La Mesa, El Cajon, Santee, Pine Valley and Julian as well as other inland areas of Escondido, Poway and San Marcos. 

The flood watch is in effect through tonight, with the threat of flash flooding and debris flows greatest in areas burned bare by brush fires. A deluge could bring over an inch an hour to some areas.

CHIEF’S CORNER: HOW TO KEEP COOL AND DRY IN HOT, HUMID WEATHER

 

By Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna

July 31, 2017 (San Diego's East County) - I don’t know about you, but people seem to be more grumpy and impatient when temperatures heat up and even more so when the humidity increases. The next few days may be a little tough with hot humid weather coming in.  First and foremost - Drink plenty of water, even if you don't feel thirsty, to stay cool in hot weather. Then follow these safety tips:

THUNDERSTORMS AND HIGH HEAT FORECAST FOR THIS WEEK

 

By Miriam Raftery

 

July 30, 2017 (San Diego) – San Diego County will experience monsoonal moisture starting Monday through at least Friday, with high heat, afternoon and evening thunderstorms and rain possible each day, especially over the mountains and deserts, though dangerous conditions are also forecast along the coast.

MORE HEAT RECORDS SCORCHED; BEACH WARNING ISSUED DUE TO LIGHTNING AND RIP CURRENT DANGERS

 

East County News Service

July 9, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) – Sizzling temperatures on Friday, July 7th, shattered more records.  Borrego Springs reached 120 degrees on Friday, the hottest in 41 years.  Campo hit 108 and Ramona 102 degrees.   The highs reached triple digits again on Saturday, but relief from the heat is in sight, with a tropical storm over Mexico moving into the area today bringing gusty winds, thunderstorms and lightning over inland areas and beaches.

NATIONAL WEATHER REVISES FORECAST: THUNDERSTORMS AND LIGHTNING POSSIBLE THIS WEEKEND, BUT FLASH FLOODS UNLIKELY

 

East County News Service

July 5, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) -- Hot weather and possible thunderstorms are forecast for this weekend in our inland region, mainly in the mountains during afternoons and early evenings.  “Moisture will be limited, so at this time, any flash flood threat looks minimal, but dry lightning strikes may pose a wildfire threat,” the forecast from the National Weather Service in San Diego states, adding that heat watches, warnings or advisories may be issued in the valleys, mountains and deserts later this week.

RESIDENTS URGED TO TAKE PRECAUTIONS IN EXCESSIVE HEAT

 

With high temperatures expected to hover around 120 degrees in eastern San Diego County desert areas through the middle of next week, County health officials are reminding the public to take precautions to avoid heat-related illnesses and pay extra attention to children, elderly and pets.

EXTREME HEAT WAVE HITS FRIDAY

 

East County News Service

June 14, 2017 (San Diego's East County) - A long duration heat wave is forecast to develop across the deserts in southern California beginning Friday and lasting through much of next week.  How hot could it get?  Temperatures could reach 114 degrees in Palm Springs.  Here in San Diego County, Borrego Springs could hit 108 degrees, Ramona 96 degrees and Alpine 94 degrees.

SPRING STORM COULD BRING SNOW THIS WEEKEND

 

By Miriam Raftery

May 4, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) – A late spring storm will bring gusty winds, rain and snow as low as 4000 feet this weekend, the National Weather Service advises

Starting Saturday afternoon, expect strong winds, with blowing dust and sands in desert areas producing hazardous driving conditions in some areas.

SPRING RAINS ARE COMING, GET SOME FREE SANDBAGS

 

By Gig Connaughton, County of San Diego Communications Office

March 21, 2017 (San Diego's East County) - So, spring has arrived — and the rains are coming back! The National Weather Service is predicting rain this week for San Diego County, possibly heavy Wednesday.

Which means it’s also a good time to check to see if you need any free sand and/or bags to help protect your home and property from the weather.

RAIN AND SNOW TO RETURN NEXT WEEK

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo:  Flooded roadway, courtesy National Weather Service

March 17, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) -- Enjoy the sunshine while it lasts. The dry and warm weather pattern that has held for the last week will come to an end early next week as a series of storms arrive along the California Coast, the National Weather Service predicts.

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