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Entire Bay Area, Central Coast Dealing With Widespread Risk Of Flooding


The entire Bay Area is under a flood watch due to a series of major storms, with areas of greatest concern along the coast and in the North Bay, according to the National Weather Service.

At about 6:45 p.m. Saturday, the National Weather Service issued a flood watch that will last through Tuesday for all of the Bay Area and the Central Coast and said people should expect widespread flooding, mudslides and the rapid rise of creeks and rivers.

Sonoma County along the Russian River from Jenner to Guerneville, and parts of Monterey County along the Carmel River, were elevated to flood warnings — the highest flood alert in the Weather Service’s three-tiered system. All of Santa Cruz County is under a flash flood warning until further notice.

A flood advisory was issued for most of the East Bay, South Bay, San Francisco and the Peninsula at about 10 a.m. Monday and is expected to last until 4 p.m.


“A lot of our rivers and streams today are really at some of their limits,” said Weather Service Meteorologist Brayden Murdock.

The risk of flooding will likely peak tonight in the region’s most impacted areas as rains continue and run-off from higher elevations filter down to already swollen waterways, Murdock said.

The storms have had widespread impacts in practically every corner of the Bay Area, with flooded roadways and downed trees and powerlines creating hazardous driving conditions and power outages that affected 14,076 PG&E customers by late Monday morning.

As of 11:30 a.m., there were 7,823 without power in the North Bay; 3,763 on the Peninsula; 1,791 in the East Bay, 605 in the South Bay and 94 in San Francisco.


The storm has led to dozens of school closures in Santa Cruz County, the North Bay and San Joaquin County and evacuation warnings and orders have been issued for parts of Monterey, Santa Cruz and Sonoma counties, as well as parts of Vacaville in Solano County.

The wet weather is expected to continue for at least the next week or so, with the largest rainfall amounts focused on the North Bay, Murdock said.

“The wet time is going to continue and our long-term outlook still shows wet conditions,” he said.


SAM January 9, 2023 - 12:45 PM - 12:45 PM

Except it’s really not. National Weather Service shilling for that climate change bank roll…when will you learn. Their all in this together.

SAM January 9, 2023 - 3:05 PM - 3:05 PM

The answer is self explanatory. Trust the science.

Danged ineffectual January 9, 2023 - 8:22 PM - 8:22 PM

Go say that on the shoreline.

Exit 12A January 9, 2023 - 6:29 PM - 6:29 PM

Bay Area people aren’t very resilient… so unprepared and ill-informed.

SAM January 9, 2023 - 7:33 PM - 7:33 PM

But so arrogant at the same time. Until a little rain comes then they melt.

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