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Flash Flood Warning: San Bernardino & Riverside Counties, Severe Thunderstorm Warning: Riverside

A Flash Flood Warning has been issued for parts of San Bernardino County until 4:15 p.m. and for Riverside County until 5:00 p.m. and a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Riverside County until 4:15 p.m.

At 3:40 p.m., a storm system moving 5 miles per hour southwest over Homeland toward Winchester, Menifee and Lake Elsinore was “capable of producing golf ball size hail” and “winds in excess of 60 miles per hour,” according to the National Weather Service.

At 3:01 p.m. The National Weather Service Doppler radar indicated a strong thunderstorm capable of producing flash flooding from a storm over the warned area, including Hemet.

Lightning has struck an area near Pioneertown in the high desert, sparking a small brush fire, according to News Channel 3?s Jason Sloss, who saw it happen.

The National Weather service let a flash flood warning for Riverside County expire at 2:30 p.m.

Dark clouds had formed over Idyllwild, but so far there are no lightning strikes or intense rainfall, says Rhonda Andrewson of the Idyllwild Fire Protection District. The National Weather Service just issued a flash flood warning until 2:30 p.m. in the San Jacinto Mountains, including Lake Hemet near Mountain Center, and Anza on the south side of the mountain range.

A flash flood warning means that flooding is imminent or occurring.

If you are in the warning area move to higher ground immediately.

Residents living along streams and creeks should take immediate precautions to protect life and property. Do not attempt to cross swiftly flowing waters or waters of unknown depth by foot or by automobile.

KESQ News Team

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