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San Diego drivers deal with wet, dangerous roadways

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This is a picture of the delivery truck that overturned on westbound I-8 near Hotel Circle Thursday morning (Nov 21). This is a picture of the delivery truck that overturned on westbound I-8 near Hotel Circle Thursday morning (Nov 21).

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) – Rainfall around the county is causing major problems on the roadways Thursday.

A San Diego Home Cooking van toppled into an embankment going west on Interstate 8 in National City. In another crash, a driver of a black Chevy Tahoe was taken to the hospital after her SUV rolled off SR-54 going westbound.

In an accident on westbound Interstate 8 near Hotel Circle, a delivery truck rolled over off the freeway into some brush. Tow trucks were at the scene to recover the vehicle. The person in the delivery truck was transported to a local hospital.

Other hot spots around the county include northbound I-805 and northbound I-5.

Ambulances had to respond to many of the nearly 250 accidents that happened on freeways and rural roads between midnight and 4 p.m. Thursday.

"On a typical day we're going to have about 50-75 collisions on a perfect day, no rain," CHP spokeswoman Mary Bailey said.

The CHP says, unsurprisingly, the most common culprit is speed.

Bailey offered some tips to hopefully reduce the number of accidents on what may also be a rainy Friday.

"Know the roadway is going to be wet. Leave earlier, allow yourself more time to get to your location. Also, figure out a second route just in case part of the freeway is shut down due to a collision or an offramp's closed," Bailey said.

Light to moderate scattered rainfall was expected to continue across San Diego County Friday morning and afternoon before moving off to the east in the evening hours and over the day Saturday, the National Weather Service advised.

Meanwhile, More than 9,000 San Diego Gas & Electric customers in the Oceanside-Carlsbad area lost power in two separate outages early Thursday.

The first outage occurred around 4:30 a.m. and affected more than 8,000 customers, according to the utility, which had restored electricity to several hundred addresses within an hour.

The second outage occurred around 5:30 a.m. and affected just over 2,000 customers, the utility reported.

SDG&E had both outages fully resolved before 7 a.m.

The cause was under investigation.

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