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Flash Flood Warning In Effect Until Monday Afternoon

Flash floods and thunderstorms are expected in the lower mountains Monday.

The National Weather Service (NWS) in San Diego has issued a flash flood warning for Central San Diego County until 4:30 p.m. Monday.

The lower San Diego County mountains should expect flash floods, including Shelter Valley, Cuyamaca Peak, Mount Laguna and Banner.

Residents should be cautious of driving their cars in areas that are prone to flooding. Flood waters are usually deeper than they appear, so prepare your routes carefully; and when in doubt, turn the car around.

The NWS is also reporting strong thunderstorms 5 miles northeast of Santa Ysabel moving north at 5 miles per hour. Nickel-sized hail and wind gusts up to 50 miles per hour are expected with the storm.

The floods come as a double-edged swords during fire seasons. The rains help fight the in the area but the lightning that comes with them also spark the fires.

–City News Service contributed to this story.

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