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High Desert Gets New Weather Warning System
With severe weather always
threatening, residents of the California high desert can now stay on top
of storm activity with a direct link to forecasters.
In the first lunar eclipse
of 2003, some viewers in the Americas, Europe, Africa and parts of Asia
were treated to a copper-colored moon as the earth's shadow moved across
it. Clear skies in Ridgecrest provided locals a perfect view as the eclipse
neared totality at moonrise. See the Time
Flooding Possible in Manter - McNally Fire Areas
Tulare and Kern County,
As the first major storm
of the season moves across widespread areas of California, the National
Weather Service office in Hanford is advising people in and near areas
burned by recent fires to be on the lookout for flash flooding. A statement
issued by the NWS office Thursday said...
|"THERE IS THE POTENTIAL FOR HEAVY
RAINS TO DEVELOP BELOW 8000 FEET IN THE TULARE COUNTY MOUNTAINS. THIS COULD
RESULT IN SOME RAPID RUNOFF IN THE KERN RIVER VALLEY AND ITS TRIBUTARIES...SPECIFICALLY
IN THE MCNALLY AND MANTER BURN AREAS... TONIGHT AND FRIDAY.
THEREFORE...THE NATIONAL WEATHER
SERVICE IS CONTINUING THE FLASH FLOOD WATCH FOR THE MANTER AND MCNALLY
BURN AREAS FOR TONIGHT THROUGH FRIDAY.
PERSONS IN AND NEAR THE MCNALLY AND
MANTER BURN AREAS SHOULD CLOSELY MONITOR LOCAL CONDITIONS. BE PREPARED
TO MOVE TO HIGHER GROUND SHOULD FLASH FLOODING BE OBSERVED...OR IF A WARNING
fire of 2000, consumed approximately 75,000 acres. The McNally
fire claimed another 150,696 acres.
Sizeable rainfall totals
are wide spread. Preliminary data from the California Department of Water
Resources automated observation station located at Bear Peak indicate that
as of 3 AM today, the station had received 1.02 inches of precipitation
in a 7 hour period. Other nearby station totals include Walker Pass with
.81 inches, and .93 inches at Indian Wells Canyon in the same time frame.
A winter storm warning has
been issued for the southern Sierra's through Saturday night. According
to the NWS, major snow accumulations at upper elevations are expected,
bringing some three feet in snowfall above the 8,000 foot level. The NWS
"PERSONS PLANNING TRAVEL INTO THE
HIGHER ELEVATIONS OF THE SOUTHERN SIERRA NEVADA SHOULD BE PREPARED FOR
HAZARDOUS WINTER DRIVING CONDITIONS AND ROAD CLOSURES TONIGHT THROUGH SATURDAY
NIGHT. STAY TUNED TO NOAA WEATHER RADIO OR YOUR FAVORITE NEWS SOURCE FOR
FURTHER UPDATES ON THIS STORM."
Radar image above, Copyright
- 8 Nov., 2002 - 1245 AM
As Kern County fire fighters search for more victims, teddy bears, along
with church brochures and bibles lay nearby. Kendall was studying to become
a pastor. Read more about Kendall HERE.
Claims Trona Man's Life
Isaiah John Kendall, 19 of
Trona, died at approximately 4PM this afternoon when he lost control of
the 1994 Chevrolet sedan he was driving, and struck a power pole.
According to eyewitnesses,
Kendall was heading eastbound on Inyokern Road in the slow lane near Jacks
Ranch Road when, for unknown reasons, he veered through the fast lane and
into the center divider. At that time, Kendall over corrected, came back
across both eastbound lanes, nearly overturning as the vehicle entered
the eastbound shoulder. After leaving the roadway, the car's roof then
struck the power pole, directly over Kendalls seat. California Highway
Patrol officer Frank Vierra said, "He was killed instantly."
Survives 200 Foot Fall Into Mine
Red Mountain, 5-26-02
A 10 year old boy is lucky
to be alive tonight after plunging nearly 200 feet into a mine shaft earlier
today. Mark Mercado of Los Angeles was riding motorcycles with his family
approximately 4 miles southeast of the Randsburg area, when he ran into
the vertical shaft of unknown depth.
|Officials were notified
about 2:15 of the incident and the Indian Wells Valley Search and Rescue
group, Kern County Fire Department, Kern County Sheriff's Department and
California Highway Patrol were called in to assist in the rescue operation.
According to Captain John
King of KCFD station 75 in Randsburg, young Mercado had plunged through
three debris fields during his fall, coming to rest on a 4x4 timber. It's
unclear whether the timber he came to rest on was part of the falling debris,
but it's possible that it was, he said. Regardless, the 4x4 stopped Mercado
from going all the way to the bottom, wherever that was.
motorcycle, which had become lodged above Mercado, delayed the extrication.
The rescue workers main area of concern was focused on securing the unstable
debris (and the motorcycle), before anything else. We didn't want to take
any chances said King. We needed the "timbers and motorcycle stabilized"
he said. Any further disturbance of the already unstable situation most
likely would have sent debris, and Mercado, the rest of the way down.
Rotted Timber; brittle as
|Once the hazards were minimized,
the rescue continued. Mercado was unconscious at first, but did come to
and was able to communicate with the team that would pull him out.
When they got to him King
said, he complained of rib injuries. Rescue workers were surprised to find
him in such good spirits, and alive. Workers attempted to stabilize Mercado
before removing him. But Mercado said, "I want out NOW!", so the ascent
Once removed, Mercado was
stabilized and airlifted to Loma Linda University Medical Center where
he is reported in good condition tonight. Hospital officials could offer
no further information as to the extent of his injuries, or when he would
Everybody worked together
and the rescue went very well. "It wasn't his day to die", said King. King
also emphasized, "He's very, very lucky".