Three storms to wallop San Francisco

The second of three back-to-back storms from the Pacific Northwest is expected to pound San Francisco today, bringing heavy winds and about one-fifth of the rain The City saw during last year’s rainy season.

By the end of today, The City is expected to get up to four inches of rain, followed by another storm bringing lighter rain, which is not expected to break until Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service.

More than 2,000 sand bags were picked up this week by residents and business owners who were warned of possible flooding.

The first of the storms hit The CIty onThursday, with winds reaching upward of 30 mph, causing delays of up to an hour and a half at the SFO. Delays at the airport are expected again today.

Pacific Gas & Electric is preparing to avoid lengthy power outages and city work crews have been clearing hundreds of catch basins to help prevent flooding in most vulnerable neighborhoods, including outer Mission and outer Sunset.

Officials at the Golden Gate Bridge may install a buffer lane because of the high winds, but an outright bridge closure is unlikely since it has happened only three times and when winds blew at 70 mph.

jsabatini@examiner.com

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