Solano NewsNet to produce special overnight coverage of weather event

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Local independent news outlet Solano NewsNet will produce special, rolling coverage of Thursday evening’s significant weather event on various digital platforms starting at 8 p.m. local time.

On Thursday, weather forecasters with the National Weather Service issued a Red Flag Warning that covers a significant portion of the Sacramento valley, including all of Solano County and neighboring Yolo and Napa counties.

The weather system has the potential to bring thunderstorms with dry lightning and erratic, gusty wind. Portions of north Solano County and rural Yolo County at a moderate risk of severe weather activity, according to weather forecasters.

“The LNU Lightning Complex wildfire last year demonstrated the significance of dry lightning storms and their potential to spark dangerous and devastating wildfires in our local area,” Matthew Keys, the publisher of Solano NewsNet said in a statement. “Though we went by a different brand name then, Solano NewsNet was the first to report on last year’s wildfire when it crossed from Napa County into Solano County, producing hours of coverage overnight and into the morning across various digital platforms, with unrivaled on-the-ground reporting and live video streams from rural Winters, Vacaville and Fairfield.”

Since last year’s fire, Solano NewsNet has invested in new equipment, platforms and services to elevate the news organization’s reporting capabilities.

“Using professional-grade equipment, Solano NewsNet is the only Solano County-based news organization with the ability to transmit live, broadcast-quality, high-definition video right from the scene of a major incident,” Keys said. “We are also fortunate to have a fleet of citizen journalists and photographers who provide Solano NewsNet with news tips, eyewitness photographs and video on a regular basis — an amazing resource during breaking news.”

Starting Thursday evening, Solano NewsNet will provide regular updates on Twitter and Facebook as thunderstorms develop in Northern California, with a specific focus on northern Solano County and neighboring Yolo County. The updates will be posted on Solano NewsNet’s real-time Facebook group for those who work or live in Solano County, and via the Solano NewsNet Twitter feed for the general public. Live video of significant events will stream simultaneously on the Solano NewsNet Twitter feed, via the Solano NewsNet Facebook page and on YouTube.

“A good night for us is a quiet night with no news to report, but if something develops Thursday evening, we are invested and ready to go,” Keys said.

The special coverage period begins Thursday evening at 8 p.m. and lasts until Friday morning at 1 a.m.

Solano NewsNet reaches a growing audience of more than 15,000 people across its branded social media profiles and has a robust subscriber base who receive regular breaking news updates and stories of interest via our newsletter service Substack.

The service is free to view, but not free to operate, and members of the public who want to financially support Solano NewsNet during this special coverage period are encouraged to sign up for a paid subscription via Substack, which costs as little as $5 a month. Current readers with a free subscription can learn about converting it into a paid one by clicking or tapping this link.

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