Strong thunderstorm predicted for Lake Hemet, Idyllwild and Highway 79

A strong thunderstorm bringing 50 mph gusts and heavy rain was predicted today over parts of Lake Hemet, Idyllwild and other areas.

Forecasters at the National Weather Service also issued a flash flood warning, expiring at 5:45 p.m. for Aguanga, Oak Grove and Highway 79 in southwest Riverside County and northern San Diego County.

The summer storm was seven miles north of Anza, or 14 miles southwest of Palm Springs, and was headed toward Pine Cove and the San Jacinto Peak. It was expected to also bring frequent lightning, the NWS reported.

Operators of the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway said it was still “up and running” today despite the bleak weather forecast.

Forecasters urged residents to take shelter if case of threatening weather.

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