SAN DIEGO -- A powerful winter storm brought damaging winds to San Diego County Friday, with heavy rain soon to follow.
Strong winds began knocking down trees across the county beginning before noon. This eucalyptus came down on I-5 in La Jolla, blocking an onramp and two freeway lanes for about an hour.
Doppler radar show a powerful front just off the coast of San Diego at about 2:30 p.m. Jason Handman predicts that heavy rain will begin hitting the coast around 4 p.m.
Parks in Chula Vista and National City are closed until further notice because of dangerous high winds and the coming rain.
This tree came down in University City near Roy’s Restaurant in the 8600 block of Genesee Avenue.
This tree came down on an SUV in the 12000 block of Creekview Drive in Sabre Springs at about 1 p.m.
A tree down at John J. Hopkins Drive near UCSD
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A tree toppled onto a car on John J. Hopkins Drive in the Torrey Pines area.
1,600 customers without power in the Balboa Park and Golden Hill area of San Diego.
Another 1,500 customers have lost power it the Sunset Cliffs, Point Loma, Ocean Beach areas.
Northbound 163 south of Robinson is closed because of this tree in lanes. Thankfully, no injuries. Caltrans will have a crew remove the tree but the freeway is closed at this time. Photo from battalion chief Ted Moran – battalion 1. #sdfd #sdfire #wx #sandiego #treedown #highway163
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A closer photo of the tree blocking northbound Highway 163.
SDG&E reports there are currently 11 different power outages around the county. About 5,000 homes and businesses are without electricity.
A palm tree fell on a car in a parking lot on E Street in Chula Vista. If the owner has comprehensive car insurance, it may cover the damage.
City teams are currently working numerous downed trees. Please stay off the roads if possible.
— Shelley Zimmerman (@ChiefZimmerman) February 18, 2017
Spring Valley, Quarry Rd Dip is CLOSED between SR125 and Lakeview Ave due to Flooding,
— San Diego County DPW (@sdcountydpw) February 18, 2017