Back-to-back storms expected to slam Bay Area
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By Karli Bulnes, Bay City News Service
February 25, 2006
Back-to-back storms are expected to hit the Bay Area beginning
Sunday afternoon, bringing with them powerful winds and heavy
According to the National Weather Service, the first storm will
begin Sunday afternoon in the North Bay and move south over the
rest of the region Sunday night and continue until Tuesday morning.
The weather service predicts rainfall totals for that storm to
be between two and five inches, with the North Bay and Santa Cruz
getting hit the hardest. The weather service warns that the heavy
rainfall may cause local urban flooding.
Solano County officials are urging residents and business owners
who experienced flooding during previous storms to prepare their
homes, businesses and vehicles for flooding before the rain starts
Solano County officials said storms and floods in December caused
an estimated $113 million in damage to the county.
County officials hope residents heed their advice to prevent
storm-related problems and damage from occurring and are offering
Vacaville residents can pick up sand and sand bags today at Irene
Larson Park, located at 1850 Alamo Drive, as long as supplies
last, according to the Vacaville Police Department. The sand and
sand bags are free but residents must bring their own shovels
to fill the bags. Anyone who needs help filling the bags can call
(707) 449-5200 for assistance.
The second storm, which is expected on Monday, will be stronger
than Sunday's storm, according to the weather service.
Wind gusts of 50 to 60 mph are possible, the weather service
reported, particularly for areas near the coast and hills.
A high wind watch is in effect for the San Francisco and Monterey
bay areas from Sunday evening through Monday afternoon. The weather
service recommends residents tie down any loose objects that are
outside or bring them inside.
Mariners are advised to remain in port on Sunday and Monday and
the weather service is recommending that all drivers consult updated
road reports before traveling.
A third storm is expected to hit Wednesday night and continue
into Thursday. Solano County officials reported that this third
storm is not expected to bring as much rain as the first two storms.
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