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Northern California forecast: Weak weather system brings a chance of rain

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Rain chances return to Northern California this week with a weak weather system rolling through Friday morning and then another Sunday.

Friday’s rainfall amounts look meager with just a few hundredths for the Valley and less than an inch of snow for much of the Sierra above 4,000 feet.

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Abundant rain = good irrigation season

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Since the last storm system moved through the region, there’s one question on most everybody’s mind: “Is the drought over?”

Of course, the answer to that can vary, depending on who you ask. And regardless of the answer, you shouldn’t go back to 20-minute showers and watering your lawn every day. But if you’re asking the folks at Turlock Irrigation District, then, yeah, the drought is pretty much over.

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Towering tree splits Turlock house. No one hurt, but three people displaced

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The roof and walls of a Turlock home were no match for the enormous tree that fell into it during stormy weather Monday morning, “splitting it down the middle,” as a fire department report put it.

A little before 6:40 a.m., a fire engine crew was dispatched to the report of a tree on a house in the 1500 block of Hawkeye Avenue. Firefighters found a once-towering tree lying through the middle of the house.

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McSwain Union Elementary closure extended due to flooding

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McSwain Union Elementary officials announced the school will remain closed through next Friday, Jan. 20.

The school superintendent says the flooding of both the East and West Campuses continues and there are multiple breaks in the Bear Creek levy, describing the water flow to be ” completely uncontrolled”.

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Stanislaus County launches property damage reporting tool for residents hit by the storm

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You can help Stanislaus County and the state coordinate disaster relief efforts by filling out a survey to report property damage caused by flooding, mud and debris flow, according to a news release from the county Sheriff’s Office, Emergency Services Division.

The Storm Damage Survey asks you to mark on a map where the incident took place, to describe it and upload pictures and basic information about yourself. The survey is not a report for insurance claims, according to the release.

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More heavy rain is expected for Stanislaus County this weekend. When will it end?

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The Northern San Joaquin Valley was looking forward to a dry-out day Thursday before a series of storms continues this weekend.

The Modesto area was expecting a moderate amount of rain Wednesday — a residual to storms that pounded California this week.

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Storm brings rude awakening

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An estimated 413,081 people were jolted out of their sleep early Tuesday when the National Weather Service sent an alarm to Central California cell phones earning of possible tornado activity during a deluge of rain, wind, lightning and thunder.

A heavy storm cell hit Stanislaus County at around 3:43 a.m., bringing with it sheets of rain and rattling homes with lightning and thunder but quickly slipped into a the foothills to the northeast. Some residents reported losing some trees, fences and carports as casualties of the high winds.

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What’s open, What’s closed: Northern California schools’ responses to winter storm

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CALIFORNIA, USA — An onslaught of rain and wind devastated many communities across Northern California over the past number of days, however even more is expected heading into Monday.

Early Sunday morning, heavy winds and rain toppled trees and knocked out power to hundreds of thousands of people across the region. The looming storm has also prompted evacuation warnings in parts of El Dorado County and Sutter County and an evacuation order for the Wilton area of Sacramento County.

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President Joe Biden issues emergency declaration for California following storms

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President Joe Biden Monday issued an emergency declaration for California to help people and local officials coping with the storms that have battered the state, an action that will speed federal help.

Biden’s declaration means that federal agencies will get involved immediately in helping state and local agencies coordinate and relief efforts. Gov. Gavin Newsom had requested the assistance.

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Sacramento schools closed Monday as another major storm hits region

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The Sacramento City Unified School District has canceled school on Monday as another major winter storm hits the region.

At least six campuses in the district were without power Sunday, district officials wrote in an email to families. District officials “do not expect that power will be restored by tomorrow morning. We have been in close contact with SMUD throughout the day and do not have a timeline for the full restoration of power.”

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