A storm that many meteorologists are calling the biggest the area has seen in years will be hitting Turlock Wednesday night and several warnings have been put in place.
Rain and strong winds are expected to area beginning Wednesday night and continue through Friday, according to the National Weather Service.
The National Weather Service is predicting 1 to 1.5 inches of rain this week. Rainfall is expected to be around 2 to 4 inches in other areas of the Valley and 3 to 6 inches in the foothills and mountains.
Coming along with the rain will be strong gusts of wind travel through the area, with gusts up to 36 mph hitting Turlock.
The National Weather Service is predicting 11 to 16 mph winds on Wednesday night, with gusts up to 24 mph. Thursday is predicted to see slightly strong winds, with 20 to 24 mph winds throughout the day and 20 to 25 mph winds through the night; winds could gust up to 36 mph on Thursday.
Winds will calm down on Friday, but rain, with possible thunderstorms, is predicted to continue through Friday night, with 70 percent chance of precipitation on Friday.
The National Weather Service has issued a high wind warning in effect from Dec. 10, 9 p.m. until Dec. 11, 2 p.m. and a flood watch from Dec. 10, 10 p.m. until Dec. 12, 10 p.m.
Also, as many drivers have experienced on the roads lately, a dense fog advisory is in effect from Dec. 9, 9 p.m. to Dec. 10 at noon.
Lighted signs on Highway 99 are displaying messages to "plan your travel" Wednesday through Friday due to the severe storm conditions.
Turlock residents in need of sandbags to help keep storm drains clean can pick them up from the City of Turlock for free. Sandbags can be picked up 24 hours a day at the City of Turlock – Municipal Services Department, located at 901 S. Walnut Rd.
Should the storm create any power outages, the Turlock Irrigation District suggests first checking to see if the outage is affecting the rest of the neighborhood. If the outage is localized to your home, check your circuit breaker. If the outage is affecting your neighborhood for more than 5 minutes, please call TID’s 24-hour service line at 209-883-8301. Outages are typically posted on TID’s website.
The City of Turlock also provides several proactive and reactive methods of dealing with storm related issues, such as flooding. If you have a storm related problem, you can contact the Municipal Services Department at 209-668-5590 during normal business hours and the non-emergency line at 209-668-1200 during holidays or off-hours.