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Batten down for major rain event through Tuesday, forecasters say

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This graphic shows San Diego County excessive rainfall risks from the National Weather Service. (NWS graphic)

North San Diego County residents should prepare for torrential rain Sunday through Tuesday as a large storm fed by an atmospheric river moves through Southern California, forecasters warned.

Coastal North County could receive as much as 3 inches of rain while inland communities could receive upward of 2.5 inches, according to a National Weather Service update. The entire county is under a flood watch, and there are high-surf and small-craft advisories for the coastline. Wind gusts could reach upward of 35 to 50 mph or more.

“Widespread rainfall will spread into the region, light for northern areas through this evening, becoming heavy at times tonight through Tuesday,” a Weather Service announcement on Sunday stated. “The main band of rain will slowly shift south and eastward Monday night into Tuesday for areas of the Coachella Valley and San Diego County.”

The slow-moving storm from the north is being fed by a Pineapple Express atmospheric river originating from the region of Hawaii. Forecasters predict that rain will continue in varying amounts for much of the week ahead.

“The ongoing Atmospheric River event will continue to produce heavy rain, strong winds, high surf, and heavy snow across much of central and southern California over the next few days,” a National Weather Service announcement stated.

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