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Storm pelts Valley with rain, hail

Storm pelts Valley with rain, hail

City crews were busy all day and well into the night Tuesday dealing with localized street flooding that resulted from a series of storms moving through Turlock.


POSTED January 19, 2010 11:48 p.m.
Pull out the rain slickers and the umbrellas because the wet weather is making itself at home in the Central Valley for the rest of the week.
A series of storms coming in off the Pacific Ocean is soaking the Central Valley and dropping some much needed snow in the Sierra Nevada. The National Weather Service is predicting the storms will total up to six to 10 inches of rain for the week and five to six feet of snow, which will help the region’s overall water supply.
The stormy weather started Sunday, dropping 0.37 of an inch of rainfall in Turlock, according to Jason Carkeet, a utility analyst with the Turlock Irrigation District. On Monday, the rainfall total was 0.50 of an inch.
For the most part the storms have been dropping a steady supply of rain, but Tuesday night saw a brief deluge of wind, rain, and hail, as well as rolling thunder and lightening flashes.
The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory for the Central valley through today. Wind speeds of 25 to 40 mph with gusts up to 60 mph are possible for today. Wind speeds of that strength can make driving difficult and can cause power outages.
The showers are expected to last up to Saturday, when the area will get a brief reprieve before another storm moves in.
The rain has kept city crews busy over the last few days dealing with localized street flooding and fallen tree limbs.
To contact Sabra Stafford, e-mail sstafford@turlockjournal.com or call 634-9141 ext. 2002.
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