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Heavy Storms Cause Flooding, Traffic Accidents

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Authorities reported flooding on several local roadways and numerous traffic collisions Saturday due to the latest in a series of Pacific storms to hit San Diego County.

Four cars were damaged around 2:15 p.m. by high water on Rancho Bernardo Road between Bernardo Center Road and Bernardo Oaks Drive, a San Diego Fire-Rescue Department dispatcher said. No injuries were reported.

Significant street flooding was also reported in Spring Valley and San

The California Highway Patrol has not released accident statistics, but there were far more than on a typical Saturday.

The havoc was created by "isolated, scattered showers and thunderstorms" that will continue through tonight, said James Oh, a National Weather Service meteorologist.

The NWS has issued an urban and small stream advisory and a flash flood watch, both effective until 4 p.m.

The storms brought heavy rain and hail to some areas of the county, Oh said. More rain is expected early Monday.

Just before noon, San Diego police reported hail around Interstate 15 and Carmel Mountain Road. There were several traffic accidents in the area reported by the CHP around the same time.

According to National Weather Service figures through noon, the official San Diego reporting station at Lindbergh Field received 1.04 inches of rain in the past 24 hours. The most rain fell near Camp Pendleton -- about 1.45 inches, according to the NWS.

Snow was reported as low as Julian and Pine Valley, but it did not stick to the ground.

Oh said the snow level is 5,000 feet. As much as 5 inches could accumulate by tonight on the mountain peaks, he said.

Authorities require tire chains for travel on Sunrise Highway and Old
Highway 80 in Buckman Springs, sheriff's Lt. Larry Nesbit said.

The lieutenant said high water went into a house on Estrella Drive and another on Don Pico Road, both in Spring Valley.

Other flooded areas, according to Nesbit, were:
-- on Campo Road in Spring Valley;
-- the dip on Quarry Road in Spring Valley;
-- First Street at Sumner Avenue in unincorporated El Cajon;
-- and South Bent Avenue at Discovery Street in San Marcos.

Beside Rancho Bernardo, street flooding was reported in San Diego:
-- in the 2500 block of Monument Road;
-- the west end of Mission Bay Drive;
-- the intersection of Mesa College Drive and Linda Vista Road;
-- and the intersection of Aero Drive and Sandrock Road.

The California Highway Patrol reported street flooding at:
-- Harbison Canyon at Dehesa roads;
-- Winter Gardens Boulevard at Wintercrest Road in Lakeside;
-- Highland Valley Road at Sycamore Creek Road near Lake Hodges;
-- and Country Club Drive at Harmony Grove Road west of Escondido.

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