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Friday, Jul 26 2013 06:05 AM

Rain predicted as day begins with lightning and thunder

Lightning and thunder just before daybreak in the Tehachapi Valley on Friday, July 26, announced the arrival of a summer storm with dark clouds overhead at first light.

According to the National Weather Service in Hanford, the clouds bring with them a 30 percent chance of showers Friday, along with a cool-down that will see the high of only 79º through Saturday, with the cooler weather remaining through at least Tuesday.

On Friday the NWS predicted west northwest wind 5 to 15 mph with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Because of the chance of thunderstorms, a hazardous weather watch and flash flood watch are in effect.

The most recent summer storm brought brief but heavy rainfall on Monday. The storm earlier in the week resulted in more than 300 lightning strikes on Sequoia National Forest in Tulare County, with several starting fires.

With the current storm bringing lightning, residents are advised to be on the lookout for fire, particularly in forested areas. Lightning caused fires can go undetected for days or weeks until forest materials dry enough to allow flames to spread to the surface.

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