Huge storm drenches coastal North County

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An unexpectedly strong storm slammed into the extreme southwest corner of California late Sunday night, Feb. 26, giving San Diego – and coastal North County – the biggest drenching so far of what has already been one of the wettest winters on record.

Flooded roads, fallen trees and accidents were reported all over San Diego County.

By the time the last sprinkles subsided Tuesday morning, Feb. 28, record rainfall totals had been recorded by the National Weather Service for many areas around the county since the storm hit late Sunday night, led by Palomar Mountain, which as of 4 a.m. Tuesday had received 9.04 inches of rain, more than it’s gotten in 20 years.

Among the five coastal North County cities, Carlsbad received the biggest drenching, with 3.24 inches, followed by Del Mar at 2.84 inches, Encinitas at 2.79 inches, Solana Beach at 2.74 inches and Oceanside at 1.95 inches.

Meanwhile, down south, Lindbergh Field in San Diego received 2.4 inches, while much of Mission Valley remained underwater the following morning.

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