Tuesday , June 25 2024

Storm Hits Merced County and Affects Drivers on Interstate 5

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<div style="color: #000000; font-family: ‘segoe ui’, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;">The weather on Thursday took parts of Southeast Merced County by storm. Gusty winds blew through Los Banos and heavy rains affected truck drivers headed out of Santa Nella.</div><div style="color: #000000; font-family: ‘segoe ui’, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;"><br /></div><div style="color: #000000; font-family: ‘segoe ui’, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;">For Javier Valadez, getting through his hometown of Los Banos on Thursday was little more gray.</div><div style="color: #000000; font-family: ‘segoe ui’, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;"><br /></div><div style="color: #000000; font-family: ‘segoe ui’, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;">&quot;I heard it’s just gonna be like 60, 50 miles per hour winds,&quot; said Valadez.</div><div style="color: #000000; font-family: ‘segoe ui’, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;"><br /></div><div style="color: #000000; font-family: ‘segoe ui’, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;">Those gusty winds prevented Valadez from driving very far.</div><div style="color: #000000; font-family: ‘segoe ui’, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;"><br /></div><div style="color: #000000; font-family: ‘segoe ui’, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;">He said, &quot;I’m just gonna sit at home, drink hot chocolate, and that’s pretty much it.&quot;</div><div style="color: #000000; font-family: ‘segoe ui’, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;"><br /></div><div style="color: #000000; font-family: ‘segoe ui’, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;">But some, don’t have that same luxury.</div><div style="color: #000000; font-family: ‘segoe ui’, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;"><br /></div><div style="color: #000000; font-family: ‘segoe ui’, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;">Robert Dolly, a San Dimas-based truck driver for Gardner Trucking said about his current venture, &quot;I came from Oregon. Springfield, Oregon. Took me 8 hours to get down.&quot;</div><div style="color: #000000; font-family: ‘segoe ui’, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;"><br /></div><div style="color: #000000; font-family: ‘segoe ui’, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;">Dolly drove his freight truck through Santa Nella on Thursday afternoon where rain began to pour in the late morning. He said this is the most dangerous time of the year for men like himself, and he has to drive strategically.</div><div style="color: #000000; font-family: ‘segoe ui’, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;"><br /></div><div style="color: #000000; font-family: ‘segoe ui’, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;">&quot;Very slow. Two hands on the wheel. And watch everybody around you, because they drive pretty fast,&quot; said Dolly.</div><div style="color: #000000; font-family: ‘segoe ui’, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;"><br /></div><div style="color: #000000; font-family: ‘segoe ui’, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;">Kevin Forman said if he doesnt feel secure on the road, he’ll pull his truck over.</div><div style="color: #000000; font-family: ‘segoe ui’, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;"><br /></div><div style="color: #000000; font-family: ‘segoe ui’, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;">Forman commented, &quot;High winds play a vital part on whether I can keep it on the road.&quot;</div><div style="color: #000000; font-family: ‘segoe ui’, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;"><br /></div><div style="color: #000000; font-family: ‘segoe ui’, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;">Though the weather can pose dangers for many on the road, Valadez said there is a silver lining.</div><div style="color: #000000; font-family: ‘segoe ui’, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;"><br /></div><div style="color: #000000; font-family: ‘segoe ui’, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;">&quot;We need this rain. We’re in a serious drought, we actually need the rain, exclaimed Valadez.</div></div>

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