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Mary Corliss talks to Yolo County Public Works employee Mike Tornincasa in front of her home on Willowbank Road on Thursday. A Chinese hackberry tree, planted in 1948, was knocked down by high winds. Saturated soil due to heavy rains contributed to the tree falling. Liability regulations prohibited the crew from crossing onto her private property to remove the trunk obstructing her driveway, but they suggested local companies that could to the work. Fred Gladdis/Enterprise photo

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Weather service warns of floods, hail and tornadoes

By March 24, 2011

Storms will batter Davis and the region with downpours, flooding, hail, felled trees, wind gusts reaching 70 mph — and even possible tornadoes — through tonight, according to the local National Weather Service office.

Forecasters in Sacramento have issued flood and high wind warnings for Davis and Yolo County, cautioning residents about rapidly rising waterways and “hazardous” high winds.

The storm will drop about a half-inch of rain per hour on Davis. Some locations, such as the Capay Valley and Vacaville, could see 3/4 inch of rain per hour.

The heaviest rainfall will taper off by tonight, the service’s flood advisory states, but waterway levels will continue to rise through Friday morning.

Sustained winds will range from 20 to 40 mph, with gusts between 45 to 55 mph. Local gusts could reach 70 mph, according to the service’s warning. Forecasters expect the strongest winds mid- to late morning today.

They warn of possible downed trees and power outages. Residents should tie down loose objects or bring them inside since gusts of 58 mph or more can lead to property damage.

This afternoon and evening probably will bring thunderstorms, forecasters said, complete with small hail. The second half of the day also will bring the threat of funnel clouds and “weak” tornadoes.

“Motorists driving late this afternoon and evening need to be prepared for possible rapid changes in driving conditions and should slow down or even pull over to the side of the road when threatening weather approaches,” according to a hazardous weather outlook issued by the service.

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