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Taft Midway Driller - Taft, CA
  • Thunder, lightning, rain and hail hit Taft

  • More rain and storms possible through the day
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  • The Taft area got an early wake-up call from thunder, lightning, rain and even hail Thursday morning.
    There was no rainfall tallied at the National Weather Service's automated weather station in Taft, but parts of Ford City got soaked with a heavy rain shower that started just before 6 a.m. and was accompanied by thunder and lightning before the storm moved west. Other parts of taft got no rain at all.
    Kern County Sheriff's Senior Deputy Kevin George reported rock salt-sized hail fell with the rain and along with a lightning strike that produced thunder that "shook the walls" of the Taft substation on the 300 block of North Lincoln.
    No power outages were reported.
    There's a fairly good chance of more rain, even another lightning storm for the rest of the day Thursday.
    At 7:40 a.m., the NWS issued a "significant weather advisory" for a strong thunderstorm located 18 miles northwest of McKittrick. That storm was capable of producing dangerous lightning, heavy rain penny-sized hail and wind gusts to 40 miles per hour, the NWS said.
    A few minutes earlier, a traffic accident was reported in the Lost Hills area when a car spun out in hail on Highway 46, according to the California Highway Patrol.
    There is a 60 percent chance of more rain and thunderstorms on Thursday, tapering off to 20 percent overnight.
    Skies are expected to clear Friday and a warming trend will begin.
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