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High winds, rain cause mischief in Madera

Those familiar with popular HBO television show “Game of Thrones,” or the book series it’s based on, might have been tempted to look out on the thundering storm clouds that filled Madera’s sky over the weekend and quote a simple line: “Winter is coming.”

Uttered by several of the series’ main characters as words of warning, the phrase could not have been better embodied by the thunder, lightning, and swirling winds that threw up massive clouds of dust, knocked over trees, and even forced Saturday’s St. Joachim Harvest Festival indoors — something that hasn’t happened in decades, if ever.

“I’ve been going to the Harvest Festival since I was a kid and that’s the first time I’ve ever seen it have to go inside the Holy Spouses Hall,” said Juan Medina, grand knight of the local Catholic fraternal service group Knights of Columbus. “It was definitely an experience.”

The Knights’ booth at the festival was one of the few unharmed by the winds that reached upwards of 35 mph, or tropical-storm strength according to Jim Bagnall, meteorologist with the National Weather Service’s Western Region Headquarters in Hanford...


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