Winds trigger outages, blow tree down

Staff Writer
Taft Midway Driller
Taft Midway Driller

Strong winds are sweeping through the Taft area and causing some problems.

PG&E reported two power outages in the Ford City area.

One, near Harrison and Elm was reported at 9:38 a.m. and is affecting 14 customers and a second one on East Cedar Street just east of Highway 119 is impacting four customers, according to PG&E.

Both outages are weather-related, according to PG&E.

Two more outages were reported in rural areas near McKittrick.

The area is under a wind advisory for sustained winds of 20 to 30 miles per hour with gust to 50 miles per hour.

The advisory is in effect until 2 a.m. Thursday.

The winds are coming in front of a major storm system that is expected to bring heavy rains to the Taft area.

There is a 50 percent chance of light showers on Wednesday with heavier rains expected to start early Thursday morning and continue through the day and into Friday, bring the potential for some minor flooding, the National Weather Service said.

Firefighters begin after tree fell on car at Jackson and Birch streets this morning