Deluge of wet weather expected this week 

The Bay Area is braced for a soaking as a series of storms — predicted to be strongest in a decade — descend on the West Coast today.

Heavy rains and blustery winds with “no break in the near future,” are expected, said  National Weather Service meteorologist Bob Benjamin. Rainfall may begin to let up by the end of the week but another storm will follow on its heels.

“This type of [storm] system is probably something we don’t see except every 10 years or so,” Benjamin said.

Winds between 20 and 30 mph are expected throughout the week, higher along the coast. The ground should be saturated by Wednesday, leading to concerns about flooding.

Residents who have experienced flooding in the past are being advised to take precautionary measures such as placing sandbags, keeping extra food and water, and having a relocation plan.

San Francisco residents can pick up free sand bags from the at Department of Public Works  2323 Cesar Chavez between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. each day.

DPW and the Public Utilities Commission have been clearing storm drains for a  week, and officials are closely watching an eroding bluff at Ocean Beach.

A recent storm caused more than 30 feet of the bluff to fall, eroding the hillside close to the southbound lanes of the Great Highway, according to DPWspokeswoman Gloria Chan.

This storm is a “broad brush” that will hit most of the state by midweek, Benjamin said. Lake Tahoe is expecting prolonged periods of heavy rain and snow.

“On the positive side, this should help fill the reservoirs and increase the snow pack,” Benjamin said.

bbegin@sfexaminer.com

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