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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.

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