North State braces for severe weather Wednesday through Friday

Dec 8, 2014 8:47 PM by Debbie Cobb

The National Weather Service is predicting a severe threat level storm to move into Northern California that could cause widespread power outages and downed trees. It's also predicting the possibility of of urban, small river, and stream flooding with possible flash flooding. Authorities are also predicting debris flow over recent burn scars. There may be hazardous travel and heavy snow over the Sierra Cascade passes.

The valley area could receive 1 to 5 inches of rain with the mountain areas receiving 5 to 10 inches. One to 2 feet of snow is expected in areas above 6,000 feet. While the amount of rain is concerning, there is also a big concern for anticipated winds from 25 to 40 with gusts up to 60 miles per hour from Wednesday to Friday.

Meantime, this week's storm comes on the heels of a major storm last week. Tehama County Sheriff Dave Hencratt is in the process of appealing to the Tehama County Board of Supervisors requesting a proclamation be made declaring a State of Emergency for Tehama County due to the December 3rd storm. 100 homes or businesses within Tehama County experienced flooding and have been impacted with water issues. Sandbags are available in Tehama County at the Red Bluff Library, Los Molinos Yard on Fox Street, the Corning Fire Station on Fifth Street, and the Gerber Yard on San Benito Avenue.

In Shasta County, The Office of Emergency Services is reminding the public to be more cautious and aware when driving and traveling during severe storm warnings on north state highways, roadways and mountain areas. Motorists are encouraged to have chains, a tow strap or rope and jumper cables in your vehicle. Emergency officials also recommend having your cell phone and charger, GPS and road maps. Also, carry an emergency supply kit containing snack food, water, needed medication, flashlight, battery powered radio, extra batteries along with proper clothes and shoes, matches, blankets and a first aid kit.

According to the Shasta County Sheriff's Office, a limited amount of sandbags will be available at the Palo Cedro Fire Station Co 32, Bella Vista Fire Station Co 33, French Gulch Fire Station Co 59, Cottonwood Fire District 23, Jones Valley Fire district on Ravine Road, Sheriff's office Substation in Burney, Shingletown Volunteer Fire Station and City of Redding Corporation Yard on Old Airport Road, as well as the City of Anderson at Barney Street at Marx.

Stay tuned to Action News Now for all the latest on the storms forecasted for Wednesday through Friday this week.


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