Heavy rain showers hit San Diego

SAN DIEGO – From the fiarways to the highways, San Diego’s first storm of the year pounded San Diego with heavy rain all day.

What started as a light drizzle in the morning soon turned into an  inconvenience for those attending the Farmers Insurance Open, at the Torrey Pines Golf club in Del Mar, Friday.   Thousands of fans braved the bad weather under a sea of umbrellas and make shift rain coats.

But the rain and wind couldn’t stop Tiger Woods from storming to the top of the leader board at day two of the open.

“We had it spitting most of the day, but now it’s really coming down and it’s getting tough out here,” said Woods.

But what may have proved tougher than navigating the golf course, was navigating San Diego’s slick roads.

“There was quite a magnitude of crashes today.” said Officer Ed Forsber, who is with the California Highway Patrol.

The CHP says the wet weather constributed to five big rig accidents, including a fatal one in the North County.cars-in-rain1

By four o’clock in the afternoon, the CHP says San Diego had already exceeded three times its normal number of accidents  on any given day.

“Drivers just need to slow it down and be patient,” said Officer Forsber.  “It may take you a little longer to get you to where you re going, but wherever you’re going, you’re going to get there safe and that’s all that matters.”