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Taft Midway Driller - Taft, CA
  • Fair weather following foul

  • Strong storm blew down tree, but sunny skies and warm temperatures coming through the weekend. Highs could hit 90s Friday and Saturday

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  • We're going to be on the upside of the weather roller coaster for the next few days as  weather warms up after last weeks cold, wet  and windy storm.
    In fact, afternoon highs may reach the low 90s by week's end.
    Taft got .85 inches of rain from Friday's  strong storm, brinigng the season total up to 5.4 inches.
    The city also got some minor street flooding and strong winds that blew with a storm cell Friday evening that blew down a large, old tree in Ford City.
    The tree, in the 200 block of Madison, fell into the street about 6 p.m.
    Despite the impact, homeowner Bobby Kidd didn't hear the tree fall because of the two-foot thick adobe walls of the home that was built in 1922 and that he has lived in for 12 years.
    Neighbors heard it fall and alerted him.
    A neighbor with access to a backhoe responded quickly to move the tree out of the way and clear the debris from the street.  
    Kidd's brother-in-law, Robert Clanton, had his car parked in front of the tree but left about a half hour before it fell.
    “I might as well make firewood out of it,” Kidd said.  
    His home has some historical significance.
    It originally belonged to real estate broker Eunice Engelke, who was known as the “Landlady of Ford City.”  
    “There's a lot of history in this old house,” Kidd said.  
    The three-inch thick front door and a chandelier were once in the Bakersfield Inn.  
    “The front door is over 100 years old,” he said.
    The tree came down in strong winds as storm cells moved through the area Friday evening the wake of the main storm in the morning.
    Saturday was cloudy and cool, but the weather started clearing and warming Sunday.
    Tuesday's high will be in the upper 70s and warm  to the mid 80s by midweek with lows hitting the low 90s by Friday and Saturday, according to the National Weather Service.?Things will cool slightly on Sunday and forecasters are watching another storm that could impact the area early next week.
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