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San Diego Residents Get a Feel of a Rainstorm

San Diego Residents Get a Feel of a Rainstorm

Warmer weather on tap for Southern California after weekend of storms

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(CNN) — It began like any other afternoon for the people of San Diego.

It was a sunny day to stroll through Old Town, shop for souvenirs, dine alfresco without feeling the warmth of a full sun.

Then, the skies began to darken with rain and thunder.

By the time the sun set on Sunday, two and a half inches of rain had fallen at downtown San Diego’s Balboa Park, according to the National Weather Service. By the time it came to an end on Monday afternoon, nine rainstorms had doused the city.

For the most part, the rain only made it feel more soggy and windy. But some areas did get a taste of a real rainstorm. More than a foot of water fell on the Pacific coast, bringing on flash floods, road closures on highways across the region and flooding at beaches.

Still, it wasn’t too bad. The area around Lake Hodges was particularly cool, with temperatures in the upper 30s, said Rick Berresford, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

“The rain is supposed to be on it for a while,” Berresford said. “It should be a chance for the kids to play and enjoy the weather.”

“I live in the city of San Diego and we have had a lot of rainstorms in the last few days,” said Steve Rizzo of La Jolla, “so I think that most people didn’t expect a lot of them.”

Many saw flooding on their favorite beaches, like Trestles, La Jolla Shores and Ocean Beach, which has been closed to all water traffic for several hours.

Sara O’Connor of Trestles said the water was higher than the parking lot at the restaurant, but it didn’t feel like an all-out flood.

“I was worried for a little bit but I was just really glad when it was over and it was all safe,” said O’Connor.

The rain brought with it another headache for residents.

“It’s the second time this week that I’ve seen a storm at exactly the

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