Blow Wind Blow

(Editor’s Note: If that headline doesn’t put Muddy Waters in your head, then you’re no fan of the blues.)

People in the North State are singing the weather blues today as the first major storm system of the season continues to give us rain and strong winds.

Gusts of 50 miles per hour were recorded in Redding on Tuesday, and the wind was howling again this morning before dawn. The wind uprooted trees and downed power lines on Tuesday, and heavy rains fell in the mountains all around us. Areas within the city received between one and two inches of rain on Tuesday, and more is expected throughout the day today.

Flash flood watches remain in effect in mountain areas, but the storm system is pushing toward the south. Authorities are on full alert in Santa Barbara County and in Southern California, where it’s feared that heavy rains will cause mudslides in areas made barren by wildfires.

The storm, the remnants of Super Typhoon Melor, is weakening, and it should clear out of our area on Thursday. A sunny day with a high of 86 is predicted for Friday, but there’s a chance that our anticipated beautiful weekend may have more clouds than earlier forecast.

For more on the weather, click here.

  • Why, yes, Super Typhoon Melor would be a great name for one of those masked Mexican wrestlers.
  • The first vaccines for the H1N1 swine flu virus have arrived in Shasta County, but the nasal vaccines are being directed at kids and other at-risk groups before being offered to the general public. The vaccines are for children under the age of 9, health care providers who treat children and people who care for infants. For more info, click here.
  • Mark Your Calendars for Oct. 22, which is opening night for the Christian Youth Theater production of the hit Broadway musical “Tom Sawyer.” The musical will be performed at 6:30 p.m. on opening night, at 7 p.m. on Oct. 23, and at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Oct. 24. The performances are at First Presbyterian Church in Redding. Tickets ($9, $7 for seniors/students) are on sale now. Call 510-3880 or send e-mail to info@cytredding.org.
  • DVD I Watched on the Dreadmill: “What Doesn’t Kill You,” a crime drama set in South Boston. Ethan Hawke and Mark Ruffalo are brothers who work for a local mobster, and they get in big trouble when they strike out on their own. Good performance by Ruffalo, but the movie is pretty dang bleak.
  • What I’m Reading: My “hold” came through at the library, and I’m reading “Spooner,” the new novel by one of my favorite authors, Pete Dexter. I’m only part of the way through it, but it’s great so far.

Tips appreciated: Send news tidbits to steveb.anewscafe@gmail.com.


Steve Brewer

is the author of CUTTHROAT and 17 other books. Read more of his columns at http://stevebrewer.blogspot.com/, or follow him on Facebook.

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