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San Diego hit with our biggest storm in years

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A large palm tree fell onto a vehicle at Pacific Beach Drive and Fanuel in Pacific Beach. (Photo courtesy CBS News 8 viewer Joe V.) A large palm tree fell onto a vehicle at Pacific Beach Drive and Fanuel in Pacific Beach. (Photo courtesy CBS News 8 viewer Joe V.)

SAN DIEGO (CBS 8/CNS) - A strong Pacific storm hit San Diego County Friday - a storm that could stick around through the weekend.

For those of you visiting from out of town, this is a big deal for southern California especially coming from one of the driest winters on record. The last time a storm of this magnitude hit San Diego was December 2010, when people lost cars to flooded parking lots and fasting flowing rivers.

The worst of the rain and wind expected Friday through Saturday with a chance for thunderstorms which may spawn waterspouts and tornadoes. By Saturday night snow levels drop to 5,000 feet.

As of early Friday evening, the downpours had forced scattered minor mudslides and road closures across the county but had caused no reported significant damage. Precipitation amounts by then ranged from less than one-tenth of an inch along the coast to more than five inches inland, according to the National Weather Service.

Possible rainfall totals by Sunday:

  • Coast / valleys: 2.5 to 5 inches
  • Mountains: 5 to 10 inches
  • Deserts: up to 1 inch

The following are in effect:

  • High Wind Warning mtns/desert
  • Flash Flood Watch coast/valleys/mtns
  • Wind Advisory coast to valleys
  • Gale Warning coastline to 60nm offshore
  • Coast Flood Warning
  • High surf advisory starts Sat 4am

Sunday is the chill out day for this storm, and then back to clear skies Monday.

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