Flood warnings issued as storm bears down on Bay Area

A brief but powerful storm is expected to hit the Bay Area this afternoon, prompting the National Weather Service to issue two separate flood warnings for the North Bay, which is expected to be hit the hardest.

The storm, which was expected to arrive by about 4 p.m., could drop as much as 4 inches of rain in some North Bay locations and bring wind gusts as strong as 55 mph in some coastal areas and at higher elevations, meteorologist Austin Cross said.

Because of the heavy rain, which could come down at a rate of one inch per hour, the weather service has issued a flash flood watch and urban and small stream advisory for Marin, Sonoma and Napa counties.

“The North Bay will get the brunt of the rain,” Cross said, but, “The heaviest rains will only last a matter of hours.”

The flood warnings both begin at 6 p.m. and are not expected to last past 4 a.m. Wednesday, when the most severe part of the storm will have moved out of the region, according to the weather service.

Southerly winds of 20 to 30 mph are expected tonight, with gusts of 45 to 55 mph possible on the coast and at elevations above 1,000 feet. The strongest winds are expected to subside by early Wednesday, weather officials said.

To help residents prevent flood damage, government agencies in the North Bay today provided free sandbags and sand.

A sandbag station is located in the city of Napa in the parking lot on the west side of Freeway Drive at First Street, city officials said.

There are also two stations set up in unincorporated Napa County, one at 3535 N. St. Helena Highway and another at 1501 Milton Road.

Petaluma city officials are also offering free sandbags. Residents can go to Hopper Street just west of Lakeville Street.

People in need of sandbags should bring their own shovels and gloves and be prepared to fill and transport the bags.

Bay Area NewsLocalSan Franciscoweather

Just Posted

San Francisco Giants manager Gabe Kapler, pictured in July at Oracle Park, says team members simultaneously can be “measured and calm” and “looking to push the accelerator.” (Chris Victorio/Special to The Examiner)
How Gabe Kapler sets the tone for Giants’ success with strategy, mindset

‘There’s no doubt in my mind that he’s the hands-down manager of the year’

Artist Agnieszka Pilat, pictured with Spot the Robot Dog from Boston Robotics, has a gallery show opening at Modernism. (Courtesy Agnieszka Pilat)
Screenshots of VCs, Kanye and tech parties by the Bay

In this week’s roundup, Ben Horowitz’s surprising hip-hop knowledge and the chic tech crowd at Shack15

If he secured a full term in the Senate, Newsom would become the most powerful Californian Democrat since Phil Burton at the height of his career, or maybe ever. <ins>(Kevin Hume/The Examiner)</ins>
Firefighters extinguish burning material near Lake Tahoe on Sept. 3 in the wake of the Caldor Fire; environmental scientists say the huge fire is bringing to light deficiencies in forest management. <ins>(Max Whittaker/New York Times)</ins>
Cal Fire, timber industry must face an inconvenient truth

We are logging further into the wildfire and climate crisis

Speaker of the Parliament of Mongolia Gombojav Zandanshatar said his country and San Francisco face similar challenges on issues including COVID recovery and climate change.<ins> (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)</ins>
Mongolian leaders meet with tech, film leaders on city tour

‘I really want San Franciscans to meet the new Mongolian generation’

Most Read