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Taft Midway Driller - Taft, CA
  • Strong winds play havoc with Cinco de Mayo

  • Gusts up to 40 mph make celebration difficult
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  • Strong winds raked the Taft area on Sunday, blowing down some trees, branches, making driving on Highway 119 difficult and ushering in cooler weather and a shower.
    Several newly-planted trees on Rails to Trails west of Hillard were knocked over and there was a report Sunday afternoon of a traffic sign down on the 700 block of A Street, but the biggest impact was on the Cinco de Mayo celebration at Fifth Street Plaza.
    Winds gusting to 40 miles per hour made the bounce house and large inflatable jumper with a slide unsafe and they had to be deflated.
    Vendors were forced to take down there canopies so they wouldn't blow away and a mariachi band cancelled its performance.
    But the show did go on for a Mexican folk dance troupe that performed despite the high winds.
    The gusts finally abated overnight, giving way to light rain by daybreak Monday.
    A National Weather Service automated weather station in Taft measured .002 inches Monday morning.
    The NWS says there is a 50 percent chance of more showers and even a thunderstorm for the remainder of Monday with a 40 percent chance tonight.
    The chance of rain slips to 20 percent on Tuesday.
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