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Posted on: August 18, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Tropical Storm Updates

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A Tropical Storm Warning has been issued for Southern California. What does that mean for Poway? Increasing confidence of sustained high winds Sunday afternoon through Monday, and potentially 3 to 5 inches of rain, according to the latest information from the National Weather Service. 

Saturday Update

Public Works finished delivering sand and sand bag supplies to three sites just after 7 p.m. Over the past two days, Public Works distributed 13,500 unfilled sandbags and nearly 200 tons of sand. City staff will now transition to being responsive to any storm related issues. Residents can call the Public Works After Hours number at 858-668-4751 to report issues (please do not call regarding sand bags).

You can also download the Poway CityApp to report issues and for quick access to local information you will need for the storm. On the main menu, select "Contact" for quick access to the Public Works After Hours number or select "News" for our Tropical Storm update, where we will post road closures, alerts and other information.


If you are a Poway resident and live in an area that is prone to flooding, our sandbags stations are restocked. Visit our Winter Storms page for locations and details. 

Take time now to prepare your home and family for the upcoming storm. Here are some resources to check out and follow:

If you have not done so already, download the SD Emergency App from the County of San Diego to receive emergency updates and access disaster preparedness resources. An alert was just posted with a weather update and links to keep informed of the storm’s progress.

Cal OES: Connect on social media (@CaliforniaOES) for updates from the governor’s office of emergency management. View this informative video about the potential impacts of the storm and preparedness tips.  

The National Weather Service, San Diego office is actively sharing information about the upcoming storm on their website and through their social media channels (@NWSSanDiego), including links to updates from the National Hurricane Center. 

Track the storm's progress on the National Hurricane Center's website.

Storm Safety Tips

Here are some storm safety tips from Disaster Preparedness Coordinator Jenna Stein:

  • There are areas of Poway naturally prone to flooding - you can locate those areas using the County’s Know Your Hazard tool. Development and landscaping can cause micro-floods (flooding events that only affect you). Check your home for slopes with bare soil and any areas that may not drain properly. Consider using sandbags, straw waddles, or other materials to protect low lying areas. Relocate things in areas vulnerable to flooding like garages, storage sheds, etc. Check drains and gutters at your home for blockages. Ensure water has a place to go. 
  • If possible, plan your weekend to avoid driving Sunday, especially in the afternoon. If you do have to drive, never drive through flooded areas. If you come upon a flooded area in the City you can report it to 858-668-4751 (Public Works After Hours) or use the Poway CityApp
  • Secure patio furniture, exterior decorations, and anything else that might be carried away or damaged by wind. 
  • Be prepared for a public safety power shutoff due to high winds. Fill up your gas tank, check your flashlight batteries, and charge up any supporting devices that you may have. SDGE is forecasting high winds as early as 9 a.m. Sunday. Track SDGE’s forecasts and observations for Poway.

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