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Atmospheric river dumps rain on valley, mountain areas, bringing needed moisture, but problems, too | News

What do they say that rainy days and Mondays always depress you?

In the drought-stricken San Joaquin Valley, moist and raging storms most often evoke you.

The long-awaited storm on Monday, designated by meteorologists as a very moist “atmospheric river,” began immersing Bakersfield and other communities in the mountains of southern San Joaquin Valley and Kern County on Monday morning. Following one of the driest years on record, rain was considered a welcome rest, but that does not mean that it was not accompanied by potential risks or inconveniences such as road closures or power outages.

According to NWS meteorologist Jim Andersen, Hanford’s National Weather Service issued tornado warnings in the northwest and west regions of Bakersfield late Monday afternoon.

“Tornado warnings are rare for us,” Andersen said. “But it issued a tornado warning in western Kern County.”

As of 6:30 pm, he said they had not been verified that the tornado had landed in Khan.

The NWS has also issued what is called an airport weather warning to Meadows Field Airport. According to Andersen, these warnings are essentially a reminder that lightning can be active and potentially dangerous.

By evening, Andersen was able to provide a sum of some preliminary rainfall, and Bakersfield received 0.74 inches, or about three-quarters of an inch.

Isabella Dam was 0.67 inches. Riverkern saw 0.44. Edwards Air Force Base in the Mojave Desert received 0.24 inches of rain.

By late Monday morning, the city’s crew were working under stable rainfall at intersections where annoying floods were affecting traffic flows. At 11:30 am, two city officials were working in the flood zone on the northeastern corner of White Lane and Wibble Road.

After an hour, they disappeared and the intersections became clear, but several other places had similar problems, such as flooding of Lamont roads.

According to CHP, a rockslide occurred at 12:09 pm on Monday, temporarily closing Highway 178 through Khan River Canyon. However, by 1:50 pm, the agency reported that the debris had been removed and the highway was reopened.

Further upstream, some communities were vulnerable to debris flows and debris flows, especially in areas affected by early wildfires such as the French fire.

According to the National Weather Service’s Hanford Station, the area around Highway 155 between Wofford Heights and Alta Sierra is considered a medium to high-risk burning zone and is slippery.

However, there were no reports of debris flows or slips endangering Khan River Valley residents on Monday.

Katie Allen, a spokeswoman for PG & E, said the utility weather team monitors the weather 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

As a result, the storm plan began long before the storm arrived.

“We have a plan and we want our customers to plan for potential outages throughout the year, not just winter storms.”

Heavy rains and strong winds could bring down power lines, she said.

“We are always working with first responders, before such a storm,” Allen said.

PG & E reported at least three storm-related outages in Bakersfield before Monday’s press time. This affected approximately 7,500 customers in the eastern, downtown, central Bakersfield, and southern Bakersfield regions.

However, according to the utility website, the power of these customers was restored by mid-afternoon.

As thunder and lightning settled late in the afternoon, a rainbow formed over Bakersfield. It seemed appropriate for the day to ensure dents in both the drought and wildfire seasons to end.

Reporter Stephen Mayer can be reached at 661-395-7353. Follow him on Facebook and Twitter: @semayerTBC.

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