VALENTINE’S DAY STORM BREAKS RECORDS

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By Miriam Raftery

February 15, 2019 (San Diego’s East County) – Yesterday’s Valentine’s Day storm dropped 10.10 inches of snow on Palomar Mountain, breaking a record of 9.58 inches set way back in 1901. The storm also brought sweet relief to drought-stricken Borrego Springs, dropping 2.68 inches of rain on the desert community.  Other new records included Ramona with 4.02 inches, Campo with 3.75 inches, and Alpine with 2.94 inches.

Lillian Trautman of El Cajon sent in the video above, showing her El Cajon yard turned into a rushing torrent of water.

The storm prompted swiftwater rescues around the county, including this image tweeted by Lakeside Fire.  In Escondido, a rescue turned into recovery of a body of a man who tried riding a paddleboard in a storm channel.

High winds also forced some flights to be cancelled at the San Diego International Airport.