SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - We're finally seeing some much-needed rain here in San Diego, and it's just the beginning.
San Diego County will get a break from the wet weather momentarily Thursday afternoon. Then the mother of all storms moves in overnight, bringing a long list of advisories and watches with it.
Starting Thursday night the following go into effect:
Flash Flood Watch: coast, valleys, mountains. 1.5 to 3 inches of rain coast/valley, 3 to 5 (up to 7) inches in the mountains.
High Wind Watch: mountains to desert winds out of the SW 25-35, gusts to 60 mph.
Wind Advisory: begins Fri. AM winds out of the SW 15-25, gusts to 35 mph.
Coastal Flood Watch: begins Fri. AM local beaches due to high surf, high tides, onshore winds and rainfall run-off leading to minor coastal flooding.
Gale Warning: begins Friday AM for our coastal waters to 60 nm offshore. 35 Knot gusts, seas 9 - 12 feet.
In preparation for the storm, the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department announced it has a limited number of sandbags available to residents at fire stations in Ocean Beach, the Sports Arena area, Pacific Beach, Kearny Mesa, San Ysidro, Rancho Bernardo, Scripps Ranch, Tierrasanta, Rancho Penasquitos, Santaluz and Pacific Highlands. Bags also are available from lifeguard stations in Ocean Beach, Mission Beach, La Jolla Shores and Pacific Beach.
Residents can receive up to 10 bags at a time and are free to fill them with sand from area beaches. Sand will not be available at the fire stations.
Along the coast, the Coast Guard is warning beachgoers, boaters and surfers to beware of gusting wind up to 40 miles per hour and 7-foot surf. Lifeguards in Mission Beach have already protected their buildings from potential flooding.