By Nikki Garrett Metzger
High Desert Daily
(Victor Valley) – Thunder rumbled as thunderstorms rolled through the Victor Valley Saturday. The National Weather Service in San Diego issued flash flood warnings for Apple Valley, Victorville, and Adelanto as the storms moved northwest from the mountain areas across the valley.
There were reports of power lines down in the area of 7th and “D” street in Victorville, possibly caused when trees were blown over onto those lines. Over 600 homes were left without power, according to initial reports.
Also there was a report of a lightning strike to a home in Hesperia in the area of Birch and Jacaranda. No injuries were reported. Parts of Apple Valley experienced temporary power outages and there were reports of several brush fires in Lucerne Valley and Apple Valley, with the largest reported in the Deep Creek area of Covington Flats. This fire was last reported at 20 acres.
Flooding was reported in Spring Valley Lake, especially along Ridgecrest. Nisqualli had flooding between Balsam and Mariposa, and Mariposa’s outer lanes were reported flooded between Nisqualli and Cottonwood. Flooding was also reported in Phelan in the low lying areas of Phelan Rd.
The National Weather Service in San Diego has issued a flash flood warning that remains in effect until Monday. Scattered showers and thunderstorms are expected. These thunderstorms can produce deadly lightning. Isolated strong thunderstorms can produce torrential rain, hail and strong winds.
NWS has also issued a small stream an urban small stream and flood advisory as their radar showed strong thunderstorms developing over Apple Valley and just north of Hesperia. These areas could see an additional inch of rain this afternoon. Street flooding will continue in some area and normally dry creeks will continue to run high. Areas in the warning area include Adelanto, Phelan, Apple Valley, Hesperia, Victorville, Oro Grande, and Lucerne Valley.
If you come across road flooding, turn around. You can never tell just how deep the water is, and you never know if the road has been washed away under the water flow.
Monsoonal moisture will continue a change of mainly afternoon and evening thunderstorms and rain for the mountains and the Victor Valley through Monday.