Rain soaks Modesto and surrounding areas

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A spring storm packing gusty winds blew through Modesto and the Central Valley on Sunday, giving the area a good soaking. The Modesto Irrigation District recorded just over half an inch of rain downtown.

The rain was expected to continue through the day Monday, petering out toward late afternoon.

The wind blew steadily through the day Sunday, and gusts were expected to reach 40 mph Sunday night.

The temperature was in the low 50s most of the daylight hours, according to MID. A high of 61 was forecast for Monday, with temperatures expected to rise into the upper 60s toward mid-week.

The storm that rolled into California on Sunday dropped rain from Santa Barbara north to Eureka.

It was particularly nettlesome in San Francisco, where the Giants baseball club was to celebrate 10 years at what is now AT&T Park. The game scheduled to start around 1 p.m. got under way just after 5 p.m.

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