Rains expected to subside late this week
by Nick Rappley | Patterson Irrigator
Oct 24, 2012 | 1239 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
While it wasn’t a big soaker, Patterson’s first rainfall of the season was enough to leave dozens of homes without electricity for an afternoon Monday, Oct. 22, followed by intermittent rain through Wednesday, Oct. 24.

Patterson’s rain total through Wednesday afternoon was 0.07 inches, according to Patricia Poot of Yancey Lumber in Patterson, who tracks local rainfall.

Areas to the north, however, received much more precipitation. Sacramento had more than an inch of rainfall, according to forecaster Karl Swanberg of the National Weather Service in Sacramento.

A drying-out period is expected to begin Thursday, Oct. 25, he said, with a forecast of sunshine and daytime temperatures in the low 70s for the coming week.

Swanberg said higher elevations in Northern California received much heavier precipitation. Kingvale along Interstate 80, at 6,200 feet, reported 27 inches of snow, he said, and Kirkwood to the south reported 16 inches of new snowfall.

Several Patterson residents were without electricity for several hours Monday afternoon and evening because of storm activity, according to Turlock Irrigation District spokesman Herb Smart.

About 75 homes in north Patterson near Ivy and Ward Avenues lost power just before 3 p.m. Monday because of a downed line due to the storm. Electricity was restored to the last group of homes just before 1:30 a.m.

TID crews were busy repairing power outages in Denair, Turlock and Ceres, too, Smart said.

“Generally, the more work there is to be done, the longer it takes to get power restored,” he said. “It was the first significant rains of the season, and things like this do happen.”

TID officials warned folks this week in a press release to prepare for winter rainstorms, offering the following tips:

• Trees with heavy branches near power lines should be trimmed, especially where customers receive power from overhead service wires. Tree trimming advice can be found within the “Customer Service” section of TID’s website, www.tid.org.

• Lightweight outdoor items that could be carried away by strong winds should be moved inside for storage.

• Residents should create or purchase storm-preparedness kits and keep them readily available. Flashlights and extra batteries should be kept handy, along with a battery-operated radio and a first-aid kit. Having bottled water and nonperishable foods on hand is also a good idea.

• Important electrical devices and appliances should be plugged into surge protectors to safeguard them.

• Those who use an electrical garage-door opener should know how to manually open, close and lock the door during a power outage.

Contact Nick Rappley at 892-6187, ext. 31, or nick@pattersonirrigator.com.

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