Winter storm brings heavy rain, flash flood fears

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A storm in the Pacific on Election Day Tuesday led to flooded roads, closed streets and several water rescues, including one fatality, in San Bernardino County.

A flash flood warning was also issued for the high desert on Tuesday afternoon as heavy rains and strong gusty winds continued to affect the area.

There were no reports of voting being delayed by the storms, officials said,

The storm started on Monday with heavy rain and strong winds. After a lull in the storm, meteorologists expect the second round to hit on Tuesday afternoon.

A cold front, with a long line of heavy rain, isolated thunderstorms and strong gusty winds, is expected to move through Southern California from 3 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, the National Weather Service reported.

Wind gusts between 50 and 70 mph were recorded at Hesperia, Wrightwood, Lake Arrowhead, Pinon Hills, Crestline and Phelan.

Gusts were recorded between 50 and 30 mph in Victorville, Summit Valley, Lucerne Valley and Apple Valley.

Evening temperatures in the Victor Valley are expected to drop into the 40s as heavy rain continues through Wednesday.

Meteorologists expect mountain peaks above the 6,000 foot elevation level to receive 6 to 20 inches of snow.

The Ontario Fire Department reported Tuesday afternoon that one person was found dead and two others missing after six subjects were swept away in a washout in the 1200 block of East Fourth Street.

Aquatic rescues

The San Bernardino County Fire Department reported water rescues in Devore, Upland and Ontario.

The Ontario Fire Department reported Tuesday afternoon that one person was found dead and two others missing after six subjects were swept away in a washout in the 1200 block of East Fourth Street.

On Tuesday morning, the first fire unit on the scene reported that six subjects had been swept downstream by the current. Later that day, rescue personnel rescued three subjects.

The San Bernardino Mountains faced road closures on Tuesday due to flooding, mudslides and rocks and debris on the roads, according to Caltrans.

Closed roads

The Town of Hesperia advised that due to flooding, the intersections of Peach Avenue to Centennial Street and Peach Avenue to Hinton Street are temporarily closed.

Also at Hesperia, Cottonwood Avenue and Hawthorne Road, both located

south of Ranchero Road south of Ranchero Road

The San Bernardino Mountains faced road closures on Tuesday due to flooding, mudslides, rocks and debris on the roads, according to Caltrans.

Highway 38 was closed in both directions due to mud, rockfall and debris. Commuters are requested to use the highway. 330 to 18.

Highway 18 was closed in both directions from 48th Street to the Highway 138/18 bridge due to flooding and mud clearing.

At approximately 12:30 p.m., the Yucaipa Sheriff’s Station issued an evacuation order as potential mud and debris flow may affect El Dorado and Apple’s fire burn scars. Areas include Oak Glen, Forest Falls, Mountain Home Village, Angelus Oaks, and Northeast Yucaipa.

This story is developing and will be updated as more information becomes available.

Daily Press reporter Rene Ray De La Cruz can be reached at 760-951-6227 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @DP_ReneDeLaCruz.

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