A winter storm on December 11 brought strong winds and large waves across San Diego County and snow in the mountains. It was the first snow of the winter and was part of a strong winter system that brought winds up to 70 mph as it passed.
While storms like this aren’t uncommon in the San Diego area, this system is the first of the season. Historically, some homeowners and business owners are caught unprepared for the first major storm system of the winter season.
Visibility in the desert was reduced due to blowing dust and snow made driving conditions hazardous along part of I-8 in the mountains. Perhaps the most devastating part of the system, however, is the coastal flooding and damaging surf from the largest swells. Surf near and south of Carlsbad was expected to peak at 15 feet.
The National Weather Service indicated that flood damage and wind damage would be possible from the storm, but it isn’t yet known how many homes were impacted by wind and water. And as the storm progresses, light to moderate rain is expected to sweep across the more densely populated areas of the region, bringing the potential for more flood and water damage.
Snow was expected to happen only above 7,500 feet at first but drop to as low as 4,500 feet, with some areas getting as much as 4 inches of snow while lower elevations that see snow may only get a trace. Outside mountain areas, wind and flooding are the primary cause for concern.
Drier times are expected to be short-lived with another storm system on the way. This additional system will only increase water and flood damage and potentially bring damage to additional areas. Flood damage restoration companies like Orange Restoration are already readying additional supplies to respond to the hardest-hit areas.
If your San Diego home or business becomes effected by the wind or high surf, contact Orange Restoration at (619) 376-6838.