Nikki Garrett Metzger
(Victor Valley) -– Strong thunderstorms are moving through Wrightwood and Hesperia, bringing heavy rain, pea-sized hail, and flash flooding to the area.
A flash flood warning has been issued by the National Weather Service in San Diego for Wrightwood and Phelan. Lone Pine Canyon is now closed at Sheep Creek in the wash. Green Road at the 138 had reports of mud and boulders in the roadway. Mud was reportedly sliding onto the road at Hwy 138 at Hwy 2.
NWS also issued a significant weather advisory for Apple and Lucerne Valleys and the mountains, due a strong thunderstorm that was just southwest of Hesperia and nearly stationary. Hail up to the size of pennies and heavy rain are expected from this storm. CHP was already reporting a car that spun out on the I-15 south, just before Oak Hill Road.
These storms can be very dangerous due to damaging winds, destructive hill, and deadly cloud to ground lightning, according to the National Weather Service. They advise that people outside should move to a shelter, preferably inside a strong building but away from windows.
NWS also warns that most flooding deaths occur in automobiles. Never drive your vehicle into areas where the water covers the roadway. Flood waters are usually deeper than they appear. Just one foot of flowing water is powerful enough to sweep vehicles off the road. When encountering flooded roads make the smart choice…turn around…don’t drown.