High winds causing power outages, downed trees

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    Trees and power lines are down throughout Fresno County due to high winds.

    More than 1,000 PG&E customers are without power throughout Fresno County.

    The outage started Thursday afternoon.

    As of 3:00 p.m., PG&E reports the Yosemite Division currently has 2,589 customers out due to weather related outages.

    The Fresno Division has 4,317 customers out.

    In both Divisions wind damage from branches and tree falling into equipment is the primary source of outages, according to PG&E.

    Flooding is still a concern...

    As of 2:55 pm. the lake level was at 3,365.44 feet of elevation and slowly rising. The spillway is at 3,365.7 feet of elevation. We expect spills at the lake to begin sometime this evening. We’ve notified local law enforcement and the Forest Service.



    At 2:50 p.m., the Mariposa County Sheriff Alert System issued a warning for strong thunderstorms near Yosemite Lakes. Dime size hail and winds in excess of 40 mph will be possible with this storm.

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    At noon, the Mariposa County Sheriff Alert System issued a Special Weather Statement for Northern Mariposa County including Coulterville and Greeley Hill areas.

    High Winds/ Large Size Hail/ Multiple Tree Falls. Please stay indoors and off the roadways if possible.

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    At 12:15 p.m. The Mariposa County Sheriff's Office issued a Flash Flood Warning for Northwestern Mariposa County and Southwestern Tuolumne County.

    The National Weather Service Doppler Radar indicated a line of thunderstorms providing very heavy rain across the warned area. Radar estimated half to three quarters of an per hour. Flash flooding is expected to begin shortly!

    Some locations that will experience flooding include Mariposa, Catheys Valley, Hetch Hetchy and Crane Flat.

    Excessive rainfall over the Ferguson burn scar will result in debris flow moving through the Merced river drainage. The debris flow can consist of rock, mud, vegetation and other loose materials.

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