Jan. 16, 2019– Mary Greeley News – The biggest storm of the year is set to hit the Bay Area. Oakland zoo is closed today in anticipation of this storm.
Power outages through out the area is expected.
Beginning at noon our strong storm begins with scattered moderate to heavy showers. The fastest winds arrive shortly thereafter around 1 p.m. Downed trees and power lines are likely today. Our east/west bridges are vulnerable to crosswinds blowing up to 50 mph.
The best chance for downpours, thunderstorms and locally faster winds arrives in the North Bay around 6 p.m. and spreads east across every single neighborhood this evening. They finally push east around midnight with scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms possible overnight.
The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch for the Bay Area and Central Coast of California.
The Flood Watch is in effect from Wednesday afternoon through late Wednesday night.
Weather officials say a strong cold front will bring heavy rain Wednesday afternoon through early Thursday morning.
Urban and small stream flooding will become likely along with rapid rises on main stem rivers.
Small creeks and streams may rapidly rise near or above bankfull.
Officials are advising people to take precautions now by sand bagging flood prone locations.
A flash flood watch for San Francisco Bay Area and Central Coast will go into effect Wednesday afternoon.
There’s also a slight chance of thunderstorms.
Authorities are asking residents to be extra cautious while driving in the storm.
The impacts of the storm could include downed trees and power lines. Power outages are also possible.
The NWS is urging residents to take action now to protect their property by sandbagging flood prone areas.
An Interstate 805 off-ramp has partially reopened after days of repairs to fill a massive sinkhole that formed there.
The sinkhole on the right side of the two-lane road was reported by a driver at about 8:15 a.m. on Monday, CHP Sgt. Joseph Aboy said.
By the time officers had arrived, the opening had become a massive 25-foot wide and 30-foot deep sinkhole.