SAN DIEGO - A strong Pacific storm is moving into Southern California today bringing strong winds and heavy rains before daybreak, the possibility of power outages and raising high surf warnings in coastal areas in San Diego County.
Light to moderate rain fell across most of the Southland Wednesday as residents braced for the brunt of the ``bomb cyclone'' moving across the state, with forecasters saying the full force of the storm should hit San Diego County early Thursday morning.
Showers are expected to continue sporadically into Thursday followed
by much heavier downpours.
``Widespread moderate to heavy rain looks likely across northern areas, with slightly less accumulations for areas farther south,'' according to the National Weather Service.''
Strong winds are expected to accompany the rain, with a wind advisory
in effect through 4 p.m. Thursday in the San Diego County mountains, and from 2
a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday for coastal and valley areas.
Mountain areas are expected to see winds of 20 to 30 mph, with gusts of up to 60 mph. Winds in other areas will likely range from 15 to 25 mph, gusting up to 40 mph, according to the NWS.
``The next storm system, in the midst of a very active weather pattern across the western United States, will begin to impact Southern California Wednesday evening,'' according to the NWS. ``A compact upper low will approach the Pacific Northwest on Wednesday, with a large, sweeping front quickly moving down the California coast. The system will weaken as it approaches Southern California, though widespread moderate to locally heavy rain will be possible on Thursday.''
High surf warnings are in effect in San Diego coastal areas until 6 p.m. Friday and a coastal flood advisory is in effect from noon Thursday to 6 p.m. Friday.
Dangerously large breaking waves from 10 to 16 feet are expected during the high surf warning, according to the NWS. Minor coastal flooding is also expected.
Things should dry out Friday and Saturday, with temperatures warming
slightly, however more precipitation is possible in the region by late Saturday
night into Sunday.
With the rain, health officials again warned people to avoid entering
ocean water near discharging storm drains or rivers due to possible bacterial
infection. Health officials noted that stormwater runoff that reaches the ocean
can carry bacteria, chemicals, debris trash and other health hazards. People
who come in contact with impacted water in the ocean could become ill, health
Temperatures are expected to be cool throughout the week, with highs
in the 50s and 60s in most areas.
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