2014-02-27 / Front Page

Friday storm hits with wind blasts

Friday, Feb. 28, 2014, 2:20 p.m. - Strong winds took down the sign at the Mariposa County Visitor Center at the intersection of Highways 140 and 49 South early this morning as winds climbed to nearly 30 miles per hour, according to Mariposa's Remote Automated Weather Station.

Kathy McCorry, the Executive Director of the Mariposa County Chamber of Commerce said, “When we got here at 6:30 a.m. it was already down. There were a lot of partners there, on that signage, that have since moved on, so it has been a long standing, iconic sign for not only visitors, but for the Department of Forestry, the Park Service, and others.”

McCorry added the Chamber will be working on getting a new sign built in the next few weeks.

Heavy winds also had crews from the Mariposa County Public Works Department's roads division working on clearing roadways of fallen trees on Incline Road in El Portal, Royal Arches Road in Lushmeadows, and Dogtown Road and Smith Station Road in Greeley Hill.

The National Weather Service is forecasting a 90-percent chance of rain through Saturday evening in Mariposa County, with partly cloudy skies expected for Sunday and the beginning of the work week.

The sign in front of the Mariposa County Visitor Center on Highway 49 came down in the early hours of Friday, Feb. 28 as winds neared 30 miles per hour. Greg Knight | THE GAZETTEThe sign in front of the Mariposa County Visitor Center on Highway 49 came down in the early hours of Friday, Feb. 28 as winds neared 30 miles per hour. Greg Knight | THE GAZETTE

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