FLASH FLOOD WATCH ISSUED FOR LATE TODAY
January 20, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) – Yesterday’s severe storm prompted the National Weather Service to issue a tornado warning mid-afternoon. Countywide, the strongest wind gusts were reported on Mt. Woodson, where wind speeds reached 75 mph. In Julian, wind gusts of 61 mph were reported. Gale-force winds around the county uprooted numerous trees and caused power outages in multiple areas, also claiming at least one life.
In Flinn Springs, Linda Jane Flick, 58, died after high winds toppled a large tree onto her mobile home in Country Creek RV Resort. Three other mobile homes were damaged.
On Mt. Helix, a large tree fell onto power lines, blocking Conrad Street and causing a power outage that lasted more than eight hours (photo).
Some residents reporting spotting a funnel cloud in Santee, where high winds ripped a roof off a home. But the National Weather Service has no record of tornados in that area.
Countywide, more than 69,000 customers were without power during the height of yesterday's storm, said SDG&E spokesperson Fabra Moallem. By this morning, power has been restored to all but 510 customers.
The storms January 18 and 19 dumped more than an inch of rain onto Mt. Palomar and Mt. Laguna, with over half an inch recorded in many locations throughout the County.
The third in a series of storms is slated to hit our region late today. A flash flood warning has been issued for San Diego mountain, valley and coastal regions starting at 2 p.m. today.