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More Thunderstorms On Tap; Parts Of County Underwater

Monsoonal conditions continue across the region, forecasters reported Tuesday.

There's a chance of thunderstorms and heavy showers in parts of Riverside County later today, forecasters said.

Unstable weather continues with residual monsoonal moisture from Monday's wet weather in the inland valleys, mountains and deserts, according to the National Weather Service.

Rainfall totals from Monday included 0.03 in Riverside, 0.28 in Lake Elsinore, 0.31 inches in Corona, 0.82 in Hemet, 0.24 in Temecula, 0.43 in Gilman Hot Springs, 0.59 in Beaumont, 0.83 in Pine Cove, 0.92 in Keenwild, 0.63 in Vista Grande and 0.83 on Toro Peak.

Today's thunderstorms and heavy showers are forecast in the mountains and deserts this afternoon and early evening, according to the Weather Service.

There is a chance of rain locally in Southwest Riverside County today, but nothing like what’s been pummeling other areas.

An overnight storm in the Coachella Valley sent water cascading into some neighborhoods Tuesday, flooding four homes and some roads in Mecca and a residence in Thermal.

The flooding was reported about 3:30 a.m. in the 91000 block of Fifth and Sixth streets in Mecca, and a few hours later at a residence on Avenue 69 in Thermal, Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire Department spokeswoman Jody Hagemann reported. There were no injuries, and firefighters helped sandbag flooded areas, Hagemann said.

The California Highway Patrol reported closures in Mecca on Pierce Street from 66th to 70th avenues, Hammond Road from Third Street to 66th Avenue and Lincoln Street at 66th.

The National Weather Service issued a flood advisory for south-central Riverside County, in effect today through 12:15 p.m. According to the NWS, the Mecca area received more than 5 inches of rain and was expected to remain flooded through late morning. The NWS cautioned people to avoid driving in flooded areas. --City News Service contributed to this story.

Brenda September 11, 2012 at 09:14 PM
Well 35-36 yrs ago it was polluted for so long :/ You couldnt even get in it unless you had a boat. The earliest I remember it cleanish was when I was very very young, which I dont remember my age so it must have been a long time ago. :/ When it was full and yes it was pretty and blue, and all us nerdy looking 60's and early 70s people out there, LOL, old wooden boats. Memories ahh with my parents. IT was so green, and nothing out here, not a darn thing except old little shacks that people rented out sometimes. All the cowfarms and dairies coming down the road to get there, and remember to make that merge to the right to get to the lake, LOL. Missed that thing a zillion times when I was old enough to drive.
Brenda September 11, 2012 at 09:15 PM
Havent had any over here by the Mall. Got sunshine now finally though, no smells, but muggy as all get out.
Brenda September 11, 2012 at 09:18 PM
Thinking that too Frank with the dirty rain water that is falling. Never seen so much mud. Now since it dried on the patio there is a layer of dirt. It did all start at the same time. But where in the heck does the rain get dirty as its falling?? Sorry flunked the rain class.
Paul September 12, 2012 at 11:07 AM
I wonder if more water is leaking out of the bottom of the Lake in Lake Elsinore in recent decades? I am not giving a dogmatic answer here, just wondering? I know the lake lies in the Elsinore Fault Zone. It has the Willard Falult Zone on the west side of the lake, and the Wildomar Fault zone on the East side of the lake. These faults may be thousands of feet deep. There is likely to be ground up rocks and gravel between the faults several thousand feet deep. Then on top of that various layers of alluvial deposts, various kinds of sandstone, pebbles, dirt and silt over a long period of time have washed down from the hills and mountains on both sides to fill up the low areas of the larger fault zone. Thus water could be leaking out the bottom of the lake. This leakage could be greater than it used to be due to the small shifts caused by various earthquakes on this fault zone at both ends and by small shifts on both ends of this fault ( Whitier and in Mexico) and on the San Jacinto Fault, and the San Andreas Fault.
Brenda September 12, 2012 at 08:21 PM
Thanks Paul! I WILL NEVER get in a LAKE AGAIN for fear of being sucked down! Jeesus the visual.

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