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Storm brings nearly 2 inches of rain to Modesto

A Modesto Irrigation District crew works on K Street between 11tn and 12th on Monday morning to restore power lost when a tree damaged lines.
A Modesto Irrigation District crew works on K Street between 11tn and 12th on Monday morning to restore power lost when a tree damaged lines. jfarrow@modbee.com

Between 6 p.m. Sunday and 7 a.m. Monday, nearly 2 inches of rain fell on downtown Modesto, according to Modesto Irrigation District monitoring equipment.

The “parade of storms,” as the National Weather Service put it, will impact Northern California through Tuesday and again Friday. The first entry caused a few scattered power failures, MID spokeswoman Melissa Williams said Monday. A crew was working Monday morning on K Street between 11th and 12th streets to restore power after a falling tree struck lines.

Police and Sheriff’s departments in Stanislaus and Tuolumne counties reported no serious vehicle crashes. The California Highway Patrol reported about 7 a.m. Monday that a large pine tree had fallen, blocking the slow lane of northbound Highway 99 between Main Street and Lander Avenue in the Turlock area, backing up traffic for about a half-mile.

In the Ceres area, about 6:25 a.m., the CHP reported a single-vehicle accident related to possible flooding in the area of northbound Highway 99 at Mitchell Road.

At about the same time, a vehicle was reported to have rolled onto its roof into a field at Paradise Road and Stone Avenue.

And at about 5:15 a.m., the Modesto Fire Department responded to a call from a driver whose car stalled in deep water around Ninth and Olive streets. As firefighters were arriving, said engineer Nick Clark, a taxicab driver came upon the scene and used his vehicle to push the stranded driver out of the water.

The next storm system will move across Northern California on Tuesday, the weather service says. “This system won’t be quite as wet as this past weekend’s storm, but rivers and streams are still running high and new rains could cause some localized flooding,” it said in a news release. “Gusty winds across the Valley could also cause localized power outages.”

Modesto could receive a quarter to a half an inch of rain Tuesday, while precipitation in Sonora and Yosemite National Park could be a half-inch to an 1 inch. The weather service says the Sonora Pass on Tuesday could get 4 to 6 inches of snow.

The chance of rain in Modesto is 90 percent, mainly before 4 p.m. There will be a southeast wind of 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph. The expected high is 57 degrees.

Wednesday will be mostly sunny with a high near 62. Thursday is expected to be mostly cloudy with a high near 64.

Rain is likely again Friday through Sunday.

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