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Second cold, windy storm triggers wrecks and flooding

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SAN DIEGO (CNS/ CBS 8) - The second and stronger of two cold, windy storms to hit San Diego this week doused the region with showers, triggered fender benders and forced some road closures across the county.

On the southbound I-15 Wednesday, rain-slick roads were being blamed for a five-car pile-up that sent two people to the hospital. It happened just south of Friars Road.  One of the drivers involved in the wreck says traffic was moving below the speed limit when a driver lost control, triggering a chain-reaction crash.

"All of a sudden, I see this car flying through the side, cutting into my lane. So I couldn't go anywhere," says Alejandro Bojorquez.

Wednesday's blustery rainstorm also led authorities to shut down some roadways prone to flooding, including a stretch of San Diego Mission Road, where barricades were set up.

In Lakeside, the high winds knocked over a tree on Palomino Ridge, temporarily blocking traffic.

The unsettled system out of the Gulf of Alaska began letting loose with showers in the northern reaches of the county late Wednesday morning, according to the National Weather Service. By the evening, the rain increased in strength while moving to the south, though most coastal and valley communities had gotten only a few hundredths of an inch of moisture.

The heaviest downpours began to soak the region Wednesday night, accompanied by a high-wind advisory set to remain in effect through 11 p.m. The showers should start weakening early Thursday morning, becoming light and scattered by afternoon or evening, forecasters predicted.  

Following a partly cloudy morning Friday, sunny, dry and warmer conditions are due to settle in across the region, making for a pleasantly temperate weekend, according to the weather service.

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