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Thunder, lightning and heavy rain hit San Diego

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - The rain levels got so high along Genesee Avenue off I-5, that parts of the area started to flood and the exit closed off to traffic, making it a tougher than usual commute for some drivers.

Throughout early Saturday morning several lightning strikes kept San Diego fire crews busy, especially in the Mariam Bear Park, San Clemente Canyon area.

"Upon the arrival there was a small fire underneath one of the power poles underneath the energized power lines, so they cautiously worked around the area until our SDG&E partners came to get the power line secure and shut it off, we're starting to mop up operations right now," Craig Newell, Battalion Chief for the San Diego Fire Department said.

Around 6:30 Saturday morning, a lightning cell went over several areas, including Ocean Beach, Mission Bay and La Jolla.

Crews had to wait to get cleared from SDG&E before they could begin cleanup operations.

Firefighters say the drought has made for an increasingly difficult season.

"This summer, we're very worried about the conditions in Mariam Bear Park and all over throughout Southern California, Four years of drought have compounded the dryness in the vegetation and the critical levels are already near this time of the summer," Newell said.

Traffic continues to move well along I-5, as the rain has stopped, but it is very slick and muddy on some roads

Drivers are asked to take precautions.

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