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Red Flag Warning Issued Due to Potential Thunderstorms

Gaby Muro

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MODESTO – The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for the region.

Both San Joaquin County and Stanislaus County were included in the warning which begins at 5:00 AM Sunday and ends at 11:00 PM Monday.

The National Weather Service reports the Fire Weather Watch was upgraded to a Red Flag Warning due to potential thunderstorms Sunday and Monday. The change came because of remnant moisture from Hurricane Genevieve.

These thunderstorms come with little to no rain. Officials say the main threat is lightning and gusty, erratic winds near the possible storms.

A potential danger these thunderstorms carry is the possibility of starting fires.

The National Weather Service warns people to call 911 if they see smoke. If thunder or lightning is seen staying indoors is advised.

Having an emergency plan in case of a fire in your area is greatly encouraged.

Gaby Muro is a journalist specializing in local issues and breaking news. She holds two degrees from San Joaquin Delta College. In 2018, she was considered one of the top 40 journalism students in the United States and received a scholarship to cover international conflict news near the Israeli-Syrian Border for 10 Days. Some of her work as a student has been submitted to the Student Emmy Awards. She was crowned the 2019 Miss Merced County title holder through the Miss America Organization and competed for the title of Miss California, advocating for epilepsy awareness. She has been featured on Investigation Discovery, profiling local homicide cases. Gaby is a native of Stockton, California.

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Air Quality Beyond Index For Modesto

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MODESTO – Due to wildfires in the area such as the SCU Lightning Complex and now the Creek Fire in Fresno County, air quality continues to remain poor.

The California Air Resources Board states the current air quality is beyond index meaning the air quality is so poor that it is beyond the scale to measure.

The C.A.R.B states that pollution is hazardous at these levels and everyone should avoid or reduce exposure by staying indoors with filtered air. They say reducing activity levels is one of the best ways to lower the amount of particle pollution you breathe into your lungs. 

Symptoms of exposure to particle pollution include irritation of the eyes, nose, and throat.

If you experience symptoms it is recommended to contact your doctor.

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Record High Temperature Records Tied and Broken

Gaby Muro

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CENTRAL VALLEY – Today 99% of California’s population was under an excessive heat warning or heat advisory according to the National Weather Service.

Despite smoky air due to wildfires nearby, two cities in the region tied and broke high temperature records.

The city of Stockton broke its previous record for the day of 105 degrees set in 1977. The new record for September 6th is now 110 degrees.

The city of Modesto tied its monthly record high and broke its high temperature record for the day. Modesto last saw 106 degrees in 1977 for the day of September 6th.

A Red Flag Warning is issued for the area starting 10 pm Monday continuing until 8 am Wednesday.

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Excessive Heat Watch Issued For The Region

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CENTRAL VALLEY – The US National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat watch for the region. San Joaquin, Stanislaus and Merced counties are all part of the heat watch.

The heat watch was issued for the upcoming Labor Day weekend into early next week. It is effective starting 11am Saturday, September 5th through Tuesday, September 8th.

Temperatures in the Valley and Foothills are expected to be in between 95 to 110 degrees for highs. Lows are expected to be at 65 to 80 degrees.

The US National Weather Service is warning anyone with outdoor plans for the weekend to be prepared. Drinking extra water and avoiding outdoor activities from 10am to 6pm is encouraged.

If you have children, elderly family members, or pets it is advised to take precautions and plan to be in a cool, air conditioned area.

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