Storm Watch December 15th - 16th 2008

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Warming Center Information
The City of Fresno will again open a warming center to give people a place to escape the cold.

The Frank H. Ball Community Center will be open from 7:00 Tuesday night through 7:00 Wednesday morning. Cots will be provided. City officials expect the shelter to be open every night this week because of the chilly forecast.

The city is offering transportation to and from the center. Police will be on hand to keep everyone safe.

Also in the South Valley, Visalia's Rescue Mission will be open as a warming center.
Storm Watch Rundown: Monday, December 15, 2008
The powerful storm moving through California proved to be deadly in Southern California. One person died in San Diego when an armored truck rolled down an embankment.

While on the 60 freeway in Hacienda Heights, a 29-year old Highway Patrol Officer was killed while directing traffic around an accident Monday morning. Investigators say two vehicles collided and one hit the patrolman. He leaves behind three children and a pregnant wife.

In Orange County, people in Yorba Linda were ordered to evacuate, because of mudslide threats. The area was devastated by wildfires just a month ago, leaving hillsides barren and prone to mudslides because of the heavy rains.

At least seven people were injured when the roof of an Orange County adult school collapsed. Some were trampled as students rushed out of the building. One teacher was trapped under the debris. Investigators say it appears the roof didn't have proper drainage, and the heavy rain build-up caused the collapse.

It wasn't rain, but snow that caused other problems around the state. The Highway Patrol had to escort travelers on the Grapevine Monday morning, because the conditions were considered dangerous. But the freeway did remain open.

That couldn't be said for Interstate 15 at the Cajon Pass in San Bernardino County, which was closed in both directions because of blizzard-like conditions.

The Highway Patrol was forced to re-route drivers over the Tejon Pass near Tehachapi.

There was a surprise snowfall in the Oakland Hills. Residents said a small dusting of snow could be seen on the hillsides, at about the 16-hundred foot level. It briefly left drivers with a slushy mess ... But it melted away quickly.

Here in the Valley, it wasn't rain, but hail, which was causing problems.

Here's a look at the hailstorm near Northeast Fresno. The storm swept through the Valley from the south, dropping hail from Tulare County up through Fresno County.

A number of accidents were reported, including this one east of Clovis. The driver said she was blinded by the hail and lost control. Fortunately, she wasn't injured.


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