Flash Flood Warning Issued for Central Riverside County
RIVERSIDE, September 2, 2006 (KABC) -- The Weather Service issued a flash flood warning for central Riverside County, including the cities of Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Indio, Cathedral City and Pinon Pines until 8 p.m. and reported flooding from a thunderstorm in the Pinon Pines area.
It was both hot and wet in parts of Riverside County Saturday, with near-triple digit temperatures and high humidity resulting in thunderstorms and flash floods.
Thunderstorms were reported in the mountains and deserts near Idlewild, Palm Springs and Coachella, according to Steve Vanderburg, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in San Diego.
Palm Springs police reported no problems with the rain, Sgt. Walter Combs said.
"We've had some showers but nothing major," Combs said.
The California Department of Forestry also reported no rain-related problems in the Coachella Valley.
"I'm in Perris and I haven't seen any rain," Riverside CDF information officer Patrick Chandler said.
However, the Weather Service issued a flash flood warning for central Riverside County, including the cities of Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Indio, Cathedral City and Pinon Pines until 8 p.m. and reported flooding from a thunderstorm in the Pinon Pines area.
It also reported "persistent heavy rainfall" along the east slopes of the Santa Rosa Mountains, with rain falling in excess of one inch an hour.
Locations in the warning included but were not limited to Pinon Pines, Rancho Mirage, La Quinta, Coachella, Bermuda Dunes and Palm Desert country.
The warning noted that "excessive runoff from heavy rainfall will cause flooding of small creeks and streams, urban areas, highways, streets and underpasses as well as other drainage areas and low-lying spots."
"Turn around, don't drown," the Weather Service urged.
The storms will be ongoing through the afternoon and are expected to persist through the week, Vanderburg said. Storms are also possible in the Inland Empire beginning tomorrow into Wednesday.
"A lot of moisture from the gulf and Mexico combined with the hot temperatures gives you the thunderstorms we see today," Vanderburg said.
Individual thunderstorms last at most an hour in one spot, but depending on the strength of the storm, the amount of rainfall can vary between a half-inch to an inch, he said.
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