FRESNO, Calif. (KMJ/FOX26) — A rare summer storm hit the Central Valley on Wednesday bringing rain, strong winds, lighting, and power outages.
The outages are spread all over the Valley with the largest pockets in Clovis, Sanger, Selma, Parlier, Reedley, Squaw Valley, Tollhouse, and Dinuba.
Many of the outages are Enhanced Powerline Safety Settings (EPSS) triggered by the high winds to reduce the chance of wildfires.
There are roughly 10,000 PG&E customers without power.
- Shaw to Bullard: 1,446
- Hwy 168 & Shepherd: 868
- Hwy 180 east of Academy: 1,363
- East of Hwy 168 near Tollhouse: 1,375
- Manning & Reed near Reedley: 690
- McCall to Bethel north of Rose Ave. in Selma: 1,317
- Squaw Valley: 653
- Yosemite Lakes: 1,025
- Between Oakhurst and Bass Lake: 1,365
The lightning is also responsible for starting fires, including one in the Millerton area.
The Fresno County Sheriff’s Office issued an Evacuation Order for some residents on the 27000 block of Aqua Vista early Wednesday morning, but that order has since been lifted.
Evacuation warnings were also issued and those too have been lifted.
CHP closed a section of Hwy. 168 near the Friant-Kern Canal in Fresno County because of a downed power pole.
Our News Partner FOX26 hearing reports of downed power lines and blown transformers in many areas.
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by Stephen Hawkins/KMPH FOX26