An unusual torrent of rain and flash flooding hit the San Diego area on Monday, shutting down highways, swamping roads and forcing several schools to send students home early.
Officials are fielding numerous rescue calls after up to three inches fell in three hours, according to the National Weather Service. The agency noted that the San Diego River was actively flooding, with water levels still rising.
The area had already received more rain on Monday than it did during the much feared Tropical Storm Hilary last August.
“By all indications, this will shake out as one of the top 10 wettest days for the airport here out of all the climate records going back to the 1800s,” said Brian Adams, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in San Diego. “It’s been a day, yeah.”