Rain continues to pound San Diego; Flash flood watch in effect

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – A flash flood watch remained in effect for an already saturated San Diego County, where more intense rain was expected Tuesday.

Rainfall rates near or greater than one inch per hour are possible at times, especially in the mountains, according to the National Weather Service, which issued the flash flood watch through Wednesday afternoon.

On Monday, the county's fourth consecutive day of rain, a few routes that typically become impassable during prolonged showers were flooded. They included De Luz Road in Fallbrook, where a man and a woman trapped in a pickup truck in six feet of fast-moving water had to be rescued by a swift-water rescue team, according to the San Diego County Sheriff's Department. Both suffered from hypothermia but were otherwise OK, authorities said.

Other severe flooding occurred on Country Club Lane in Escondido, Quarry Road in Spring Valley and Fashion Valley Road in San Diego.

Bad weather also ushered in predictable commuter headaches on local highways and freeways. According to the California Highway Patrol, there were 220 accidents reported between midnight and 10 p.m. Monday. In fair weather, the agency typically receives between 50 and 75 accident reports in a full 24- hour period.

So far this morning, the CHP received 25 accident reports between midnight and 6 a.m.

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