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January 20, 2010 (San Diego County) –New storms today and tomorrow will bring thunderstorms with the potential to produce tornadoes , the National Weather Service advises. A flash flood watch is also in effect for San Diego County mountains, valleys and coastal areas.


The most likely scenario for tornados Wednesday and Thursday would be funnel clouds and waterspouts moving onshore in coastal areas, Dan Atkin, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in San Diego told East County Magazine. However tornados in the past have struck Poway and Fallbrook, with one that wreaked havoc as far east as the Inland Empire in Riverside and San Bernadino. “That one blew a freight train off the track,” Atkin recalled.

Blizzard warnings have been issued for San Bernadino and Riverside County mountains. In San Diego County, conditions will likely not be cold enough for snow until late Thursday or Friday, when snow may fall down to the 4,500 foot level.

Please e-mail and/or post comments below if you have first-hand information on weather-related problems, such as fallen trees blocking roads, downed powerlines, or a funnel cloud spotted in your area.


Should a tornado be spotted in your area, you are advised to take cover.  Most San Diego homes do not have basements, the preferred shelter. An alternative option is to take shelter in an empty closet on the ground floor of your home and to cover yourself with a blanket or pillows for protection from flying debris.


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