2/27/2017 04:15 PM PST

Areal Flood Warning for San Diego County

The National Weather Service in San Diego has issued an areal flood warning for central and coastal areas of San Diego County until 9:15 pm.

Doppler radar has indicated widespread rain continuing across San Diego County.  Currently, 1 to 2 inches of rain has occurred and an additional 1 to 1.5 inches is expected. Rainfall rates are expected to increase to 0.25 to 0.50 inches per hour through 8 pm. At this time, many creeks and streams are running bank full or inundating low lying water crossings.

Additional rainfall will create dangerous small river and creek flooding including on the San Diego River. Escondido Creek and the Tijuana River and its tributaries will have dangerous high water flows. High flows will be near flood stage on the Santa Margarita River.

Flooding is especially dangerous at night and during commute hours. The water is deeper and moving faster than it appears. Do not drive vehicles through flooded roadways ? Turn Around Don?t Drown.

Some locations that will likely experience flooding include Chula Vista, Oceanside, Carlsbad, Temecula, El Cajon, Vista, Encinitas, National City, La Mesa, Poway, North Park, Point Loma, Hillcrest, Midway District and Downtown San Diego.

For additional information, please visit the National Weather Service of San Diego.