Incoming storm prompts warning from Redding city officials

Mar 4, 2016 6:12 PM by News Staff

High winds projected to blow through the North State this coming weekend have officials worried about structures in Redding.

Sacramento weather officials warned that winds are expected to gust at speeds of more than 40 miles per hour during the storm. They said wind speeds could reach 60 miles per hour as police, fire and utility crews prepare storm-caused hazards.

The National Weather Service warns rain is coming as well. Should flooding occurs, Redding officials said sand bags are available at Redding Fire Station number 4 on South Bonnyview Road. The city is providing the sand, but residents must provide their own bags and shovels.

Residents should also be aware of the possibility of falling branches, and possibly powerlines. Redding Fire Department warned to stay clear of powerlines, if possible.

The city offered some tips for staying safe during the upcoming storm:

  • Use portable generators outdoors – never inside a house or garage. They can produce dangerous carbon monoxide fumes, which are odorless and invisible.
  • Never connect a generator to household circuitry. Doing so and endanger utility crews who might be working on nearby powerlines.
  • Avoid using barbecues or similar stoves indoors.
  • Power outages can cause traffic signals to go out. Motorists should treat any intersection without signal lights as a four-way stop.


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