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Storm Arrives With A Vengeance

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It´s back and with a vengeance.

Another storm, packing gale force winds, driving sheets of rain and blizzard-like conditions in the mountains has slammed into the Mother Lode tonight.

Across the north state, this storm is closing highways and causing flooding, knocking down trees and cutting power.

Pacific Gas and Electric says several thousand more people have already lost power in Northern California from this front – on top of about 2,000 who still have no power from the storms last week.

This afternoon around 4 p.m., a large oak crashed across the northbound lane of Mono Way in front of Clark Pest Control. Traffic in the area of Mono Way and Restano, Hospital Way, and Mono and Greenley roads was backing up. Police provided traffic control while city crews worked to remove the downed oak.

Power lines are down in Murphys at the junction of Algiers, Scott Street and 6-mile Road. That call coming in around 4:25 p.m. this evening.

Power poles blew down in front of West Point Lumber on Highway 26 near Winton Road. Fire units reported live power lines on the roadway and power is out in that area.

A bull Pine tree blocked Poole Station Road near Highway 49 in Calaveras County just before 1-30 this afternoon.