Storm brings heavy rain, strong winds, high surf to Bay Area

A storm sweeping the Bay Area tonight is bringing heavy rain, strong wind, and high surf to the region, the National Weather Service said.

A wind advisory was issued Tuesday night and is scheduled remain in effect until about 1 a.m. Wednesday due to a strong cold front sliding southeast across the Bay Area.

The storm is bringing heavy winds and rain, with southeast winds of 35 to 45 mph and wind gusts of up to 50 mph possible.

The wind and rain could bring down large trees and power lines, the weather service said.

Drivers are advised to use caution because the strong winds could make driving high-profile vehicles difficult.

A surf advisory is also scheduled to go into effect at 7 a.m. Wednesday due to waves that could be up to 20 feet high, the weather service said.

The wave heights will build between 14 and 17 feet and break at about 20 feet, with the highest waves arriving around sunrise Wednesday.

High tide will occur at mid-morning Wednesday and then just before midnight, with the surf advisory expected to be lifted at 2 a.m. Thursday.

The large swells, high tidal cycles, and onshore winds will likely create a dangerous near-shore environment, the weather service said.

Anyone visiting local beaches should use caution and expect rip currents in the surf zone.

Minor coastal flooding is also possible, particularly during high tide.

The winds are predicted to turn southerly on Thursday, which should bring breaking wave heights back down below 15 feet, the weather service said.

The wind and surf advisories were issued for San Francisco, Santa Cruz, San Mateo, Marin, Monterey, Contra Costa, Napa, Sonoma, Santa Clara and Alameda counties.

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