LIVE BLOG: Powerful storm moves over San Diego

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SAN DIEGO -- A powerful winter storm brought damaging winds to San Diego County Friday, with heavy rain soon to follow.

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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.

Downed tree blocks freeway lanes

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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.

Forecast

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Parks in Chula Vista and National City are closed until further notice because of dangerous high winds and the coming rain.

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This tree came down in University City near Roy’s Restaurant in the 8600 block of Genesee Avenue.

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This is what it looks like to the north in Orange County. San Diego may get similar flooding in areas.

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Abbey Gibb reports from Alpine. Heavy wind along I-8.

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This tree came down on an SUV in the 12000 block of Creekview Drive in Sabre Springs at about 1 p.m.

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A tree down at John J. Hopkins Drive near UCSD

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Dozens of flights canceled or delayed at Lindbergh Field due to high winds

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Keep track of power outages with SDG&E’s outage map: https://t.co/5XaZB9adt8

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A tree toppled onto a car on John J. Hopkins Drive in the Torrey Pines area.Image may contain: tree, outdoor and nature

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Dozens of flights canceled or delayed at Lindbergh Field due to high winds

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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.

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Jason Handman says coastal areas will get between 1 and 2 inches of rain when the storm front makes landfall.
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A closer photo of the tree blocking northbound Highway 163.

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SDG&E reports there are currently 11 different power outages around the county. About 5,000 homes and businesses are without electricity.

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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.

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The 4600 block of Dawes Street in Pacific Beach is closed off due to downed live electrical cables after a tree fell and brought down a power line. Avoid the area.

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