Major downpour to hit North State

Graphic courtesy of the National Weather Service, Sacramento.

A weather advisory was issued Tuesday regarding a major storm affecting Northern California.

Predicted to be the strongest storm in several years by the National Weather Service in Sacramento, students should expect to see weather changes Wednesday through Thursday.

The greatest impact will be on Wednesday night, with possible thunderstorms on Friday, according to the weather service’s website.

Flooding is likely with rainfall ranging from one to five-inches and wind gust speeds of 60-70 mph, according to a campus-wide statement. Widespread power outages and downed trees are possible.

Erik Kurth, meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Sacramento, said some of the preparations students can do are:

  • Get a ride instead of bicycling to school.
  • Be aware that there is going to be a lot of water.
  • Allow extra time for traveling
  • Driving is going to be challenging. Don’t attempt to drive through large puddles of water.
  • Anything outside the house that can be blown around such as chairs should be tied down or taken inside.

In addition, Chico State’s Environmental Health and Safety department advised in a campuswide email “to be aware of the increased risk of slips, trips and falls due to wet and slippery surfaces.”

Campus community members should:

  • Walk on mats in building entrances to dry shoes and shake off wet umbrellas.
  • High winds can cause tree branches to fall. Be aware of dangerous obstructions in walkways.
  • Streets and campus walkways may be flooded; choose alternate routes.

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