November 30, 2012

Bad weather forces postponement of Modesto holiday parade

UPDATE, 6 p.m.: Modesto officials postponed Saturday's downtown Celebration of Lights Parade because of the bad weather.

City spokeswoman Jessica Smart said the parade would be rescheduled, but she could not confirm a specific date as of late Friday afternoon.

The Dickens Faire and the Farmers Market will go on. That will last from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. around the McHenry Mansion at 15th and I streets.

We'll have more on this story as information becomes available.

Strong winds and rain battered the Modesto area throughout Friday morning and are expected to last through Sunday afternoon, forecasters said.

The National Weather Service this morning issued a wind advisory, citing gusts of up to 40 mph in the Northern San Joaquin Valley and 60 mph over the mountains.

After a relatively dry night, nearly a third of an inch of rain fell in the Modesto area this morning, according to the Modesto Irrigation District.

There have been reports on The Bee's Facebook page by residents or scattered outages, minor flooding of streets and trees or limbs that have fallen.

Forecasters are cautioning people to be careful when driving.

At about 11 a.m., a woman who eventually was taken into custody on suspicion of drunk driving lost control of her vehicle in downtown Modesto after hitting pooling water in the street and took out a street sign and tree on H Street.

There have been a number of traffic accidents reported in the area.

The Weather Service also issued an urban and small stream flood advisory for Stanislaus, San Joaquin, Tuolumne and Calaveras counties.

That will remain in effect until 5:15 p.m. today.

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We'll have more on this story later today.

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