Heavy rain and high winds today

Mad River Union

HUMBOLDT – Heavy rains and gusty winds will batter Humboldt County today, and another storm is expected to do the same on Sunday.

The National Weather Service is forecasting one to two inches of rain along the coast today, with 23 to 30 mph winds and gusts up to 40 mph.  In the mountains, rainfall could fall at a rate of about an inch an hour at times. According to the NWS, the King Range has already recorded six inches of rain today. Mountains in Southern Humboldt may record a whopping foot of rain.

Tonight, the coastal area may experience thunderstorms, with about a 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch of rain. The rain will continue through Saturday, with another storm rolling in Sunday and promising heavy rain.

On Thursday, the NWS at Woodley Island 1.14 inches of rain, bringing total rainfall for the season (which began July 1) to 21.87 inches. Normal is 23.47.

The Mad River Union’s Manila pluviometer measured 1.54 inches on Thursday. As of 8  a.m. today, the gauge had collected .87 of an inch.

The NWS has issued a high wind warning through 2 p.m. this afternoon, a flood watch through this evening, a gale warning through 4 p.m. and a hazardous seas warning though 4 p.m.

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