Storm leads to flood advisory in Modesto

11/20/2013 12:29 PM

11/20/2013 11:32 PM

The season’s first real storm rolled into the Northern San Joaquin Valley on Tuesday night, but the real action came Wednesday afternoon when heavy rainfall prompted the National Weather Service to issue a flood advisory.

The advisory, which expired at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, came after the storm dropped nearly a quarter-inch on downtown Modesto between 1 and 2 p.m., according to the Modesto Irrigation District. The total rainfall from the storm measured .91 of an inch by late Wednesday afternoon.

The Modesto and Turlock irrigation districts reported scattered outages, most only affecting a handful of customers. Causes were listed as pole fires and car crashes, common for the first storm of the season.

“Most of these outages are only affecting one to three households each,” TID spokeswoman Michelle Reimers said in an email. “So fewer than 100 customers are without power.”

Law enforcement officials reported a number of fender benders, and an accident Tuesday night that killed a pedestrian was partially attributed to the rainy conditions.

A Riverbank man died Tuesday evening when a car hit him on McHenry Avenue east of Del Rio.

According to the California Highway Patrol, the man was walking in the southbound traffic lane of McHenry when he was hit at 6:20 p.m. The coroner’s office identified him as a 48-year-old Leonardo Navarro of Riverbank.

Esther Fernandez, 66, of Escalon, was driving a 1996 Toyota Rav 4 south on McHenry near Hogue Road when she came upon Navarro.

The CHP said Navarro’s dark clothing, combined with rainy and wet conditions, made it hard to see him. The right front of the car hit him, knocking him to the right shoulder of the road.

Emergency crews found Navarro unconscious at the scene and started cardiopulmonary resuscitation, said Stanislaus Fire Protection District Captain Buck Condit. Navarro was taken by ambulance to Doctors Medical Center, where he died.

The storm is expected to move out today (Thursday), with only a 20 percent chance of showers. But then, said National Weather Service meterologist Stefanie Henry, the wind moves in.

Forecasters predict winds of up to 25 mph in the Valley, with gusts of up to 70 mph in the mountains. A high wind warning is in effect through Saturday morning.

“We’re telling people to be really cautious if they are traveling,” Henry said.

After Saturday morning, though, conditions are expected to calm down significantly.

Henry said the forecast calls for dry and sunny weather, with temperatures in the mid-60s in the Modesto area.

As far as more rain for a very thirsty Valley? Nothing on the horizon, Henry said.

Bee staff writer Erin Tracy contributed to this report.

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