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Monday, December 8, 2014

Get Ready: Biggest Rain Storm Since 2008 to Hit the Bay Area

Posted By on Mon, Dec 8, 2014 at 11:06 AM

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Expect up to eight inches of rain in parts of the Bay Area on Thursday as an incredibly powerful storm is expected to arrive in San Francisco Wednesday night. 

According to the National Weather Service, this next storm front will bring non-stop heavy rain to the Bay Area coupled with strong winds and gusts up to 50 mph all day Thursday. 

Expect up to three inches of rain in San Francisco and up to five inches in the North Bay; the Coastal mountains will see eight inches when it's all said and done, says Austin Cross, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. 

You can also expect potential flooding on residential streets, downed trees, power outages, sinkholes, and commuting hell.

To prepare for all this, the Department of Public Works is asking residents and businesses to sweep up the leaves and litter from their sidewalks and around their properties. Also, remove debris from the storm drains to help prevent flooding.  And if that still doesn't work, call 311 to report clogged catch basins, hanging tree limbs. 

"It looks like it's going to be the strongest storm since January 2008," Cross tells us.  "Unfortunately, the drought developed over several years so one or two storms doesn't end it."

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Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.


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