Storm brings ran, hail and snow to San Diego

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hailSAN DIEGO, CA – Hail is not something you see in San Diego County very often – but that’s exactly what folks in Del Mar were dealing with Friday.

According to the National Weather Service, North county cities from Del Mar, Solana Beach And Encinitas reported hail the size of a pea to half inch in diameter and small traces of snow at Mount Laguna.

At Lindbergh Field, thunder storms with possible ground lightening caused early morning flights to be stopped as a precaution for about 20 minutes during a particularly heavy downpour. Dozens of flights were reported delayed.

The heavy rain caused a heroic rescue by San Diego police late Thursday night in the Midway District.  It happened on Witherby Street where the road dips down into a gulley below two overpasses near the entrance to The Marine Corp Recruit Depot.

“When the tide is rising like that,” said Bill Harris, the spokesperson for the city’s Transportation and storm drain Department, adding, “it pushes rain back into the storm drain system and the rain is coming down – you’ve got a mix that will fill that street up.”


“A taxi carrying four marines back to the base got stuck, but were able to get out safely. Another car, though, a mini van was completely submerged. The water rising so fast the driver got stuck inside and a San Diego police officer had to dive down and break a window to get the driver out. The officer and the driver were taken to the hospital but are fine.

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