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Powerful Storms Heading Our Way

It's a good time to check your gutters and prepare for possible power outages: The season's biggest storm system so far is expected to hit Napa County starting Wednesday, with high winds and up to 8 inches of rain. By Bay City News Service.

A series of powerful rainstorms is expected to hit the Bay Area beginning Wednesday morning, dumping up to 8 inches of rain on parts of the region, a National Weather Service forecaster said today.

The storms will start around the time of the morning commute on Wednesday and continue through the weekend, bringing winds of 40 to 50 mph and 1 to 3 inches of rain to most parts of the Bay Area, forecaster Steve Anderson said.

"This is certainly the biggest storm of the season so far," Anderson said. "Typically, we get our big rain events in December and January."

The rainfall will be most intense here in the North Bay, where 2 to 3 inches of rain is expected in low lands and as many at 8 inches in the hills, Anderson said.           

"It's mostly going to be a North Bay event, the heaviest rainfall," Anderson said.

Smaller creeks in the North Bay are likely to fill to bank level, although the larger Russian and Napa rivers "don't seem to be getting too out of hand," he said.

Streets throughout the Bay Area will be soaked, and fallen leaves from trees are expected to clog storm drains, so some roads and intersections will see some flooding and the usual traffic delays, Anderson said.

Bay Area residents should also get ready for possible downed trees and power outages.

"If you have an alarm clock that's electric, make sure you have a backup," Anderson said.

Fifteen- to 18-foot waves are expected along the coast during the stormy weather, he said.

By Bay City News Service

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Louisa Hufstader (Editor) November 26, 2012 at 08:04 PM
I was SO hoping the storms would hold off a bit longer. Glad they gave us some advance notice so I can try to finish getting the gutters cleared out. Do you have a pre-rain checklist at your place?
MICHAEL WILSON "Republican Kid" November 26, 2012 at 11:08 PM
Wow up to 8in Hope the flood project works as sold to us:)
napaj November 27, 2012 at 04:27 PM
So winter is finially here, good deal. Hey Michael, as im sure you are aware the Flood Project what a joke !!

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