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Flash flood warnings issued for Inland Empire's High Desert areas

October 19, 2010 |  7:58 pm

Flash flood warnings were issued Tuesday evening for parts of San Bernardino County as a band of heavy rain moved through the High Desert area.

The warnings were issued about 7 p.m. and were to remain in effect until 8 p.m. for cities and towns including Apple Valley, Hesperia, Helendale, Adelanto and Phelan.

Several inches of water was reportedly going through roads and garages were being flooded, said meteorologist Mark Moede with the National Weather Service in San Diego. He said another band of moderate to heavy rain was on the way, raising concerns about flash flooding “of more significance.”

Moede cautioned that the downpour may fill typically dry arroyos near Interstate 15 and Highway 395 in the high desert, creating dangerous driving conditions.

He said the off-and-on showers and thunderstorms would last through the night because of slow-moving low-pressure systems and would continue Wednesday.

The National Weather Service in Oxnard said that the same storm systems were moving rapidly through the Los Angeles area and that there were no flash-flooding concerns at the moment.

-- Victoria Kim

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