BARSTOW A thunderstorm that hit Barstow shortly before midnight Tuesday flooded area roads, dropped hail up to an inch in diameter, and filled skies with lightning.

Public works crews were dispatched as early as midnight to clear debris from roadways and place signs warning drivers of flooding.

City of Barstow Public Works Superintendent Ronny Zamora said that the areas of Barstow most affected by washouts and debris were West Main Street near Highway 58 and the intersection of Rimrock Road and Muriel Drive.

In Grandview a small portion of Jasper Road between Cedar and Birch Roads remained closed to traffic Wednesday morning to due to flooding.

Zamora said the storm was the worst he has seen in a few years, although he was not aware of any reports of major structural damage.

Power outages caused by the storm also affected the area. Southern California Edison spokeswoman Nancy Jackson said that Fort Irwin was hardest hit, with most housing on the installation losing power for more than three hours.

Jackson said Approximately 3,500 Barstow residents experienced a power outage of two to three hours early Wednesday morning, but that power had been restored to all but 35 scattered residents by Wednesday afternoon.

Barstow police Detective Andrew Espinoza Jr. said that officers on the graveyard shift early Wednesday morning were kept busy blocking off flooded roadways and removing large pieces of debris before road crews arrived on the scene.

"This is the worst storm I've seen in awhile," said Espinoza. "We got a lot of calls for boulders or other debris that was washed into the road."

Police also responded to 26 burglary alarms that were set off during the night by the storm.

The National Weather Service predicts storm activity will clear with expected calm weather Thursday and highs in the low 70s. NWS Meteorologist Clay Morgan said that Wednesday morning's storm was the result of a circular weather system causing storms throughout the Southwestern United States.

Morgan said that the storm largely missed the NWS's reporting station at the Barstow-Daggett Airport, although amateur weather spotters reported gusts of 60 to 65 mph.

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