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The worst is over as storms give way to drier weekend

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) – The worst in a series of winter storms hit San Diego Thursday, causing flooding and power outages in some areas and fears of mudslides in burn areas.

The rain began Thursday morning and continued throughout the afternoon with stronger winds and reports of hail in some areas.

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Wednesday, the National Weather Service issued a coastal flood watch through Saturday evening and a high surf advisory through late Sunday morning. The NWS also warned Wednesday of more flooding along the already drenched coast, issuing a flood warning through Friday at 4 p.m. A rare storm surge kicked up 10 foot waves at some local beaches.

The second storm that hit San Diego county Tuesday packed a powerful punch and turned deadly, when a woman's East County trailer was crushed by a large tree that blew over in Flinn Springs. A 100 foot eucalyptus tree fell in an RV park, damaging three other trailers, as well.

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While News 8 received a couple of reports of tornadoes Tuesday, there was nothing official reported from the National Weather Service.

Some relief is anticipated for this weekend, when the weather should be a lot drier and warmer.

The storm has also taken a toll on the local highways with the California Highway Patrol reporting more than 150 accident on Monday and Tuesday. To give perspective, the CHP generally receives between 50 and 75 accident reports a day.

Also, a little more than 90,000 residences and businesses in the county have lost power, according to San Diego Gas & Electric, during this week of storms.

In Pacific Beach, some residents were stranded Thursday after flooding overtook their vehicles.

Additionally around San Diego, SeaWorld was closed to the public because of the wet weather.

The marine mammal park will remain closed Friday as well because of the possibility for heavy rainfall and flash flooding.

Essential personnel who take care of the animals and maintain the park will work normal shifts during the closure.

The last time SeaWorld was closed because of bad weather was in 1998.

In the South Bay, horse owners evacuated animals Thursday after a levy was breached at the Tijuana Valley River. A mandatory evacuation was scaled back to a voluntary effort later Thursday afternoon when the waters receded.

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At Lindbergh Field, Southwest Airlines canceled flights late Thursday morning due to high winds. Flights were expected to resume late Thursday or early Friday morning, weather permitting.

The cancellations sent approximately 4,000 travelers scrambling to make alternate plans.

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