Severe storm warnings for parts of Bay Area, but with less local impact

Pleasanton offers free sandbags to those worried about property flooding

Although rain showers are expected to remain steady but light in Pleasanton and the Tri-Valley, other parts of the Bay Area are not faring so well today.

Even so, the city of Pleasanton is offering free sandbags for residents and businesses concerned about flooding as a result of the first storm of the winter season. Residents can pick up free sandbags at the city's Operations Service Center, located at 3333 Busch Road in Pleasanton. The sandbags can be picked up at anytime, and are located in the parking lot under a brown tarp.

The California Highway Patrol is warning commuters of flooding on highways throughout the Bay Area this morning, including wind advisories for motorists on the Dumbarton Bridge, the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge and the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, CHP Officer Ralph Caggiano said. Although the San Mateo Bridge is not mentioned in the advisory, it's expected to share in the wind gusts across the Bay.

The National Weather Service this morning issued an urgent marine advisory forecasting near-hurricane force winds on Bay Area waterways today.

The storm warning, upgraded from a gale warning issued by the weather service on Monday, was released at 2:45 a.m. for the San Francisco, San Pablo and Suisun bays, and for the western portion of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, forecaster Mark Strobin said.

Winds between 50 to 65 mph are likely, Strobin said, with hurricane force gusts reaching 75 mph possible in the afternoon. Winds are expected to diminish below storm warning levels before midnight, according to the weather service.

Pleasanton and the Tri-Valley will also see rain continuing today but with lighter wind gusts and little danger of flooding, according to forecasts Tuesday morning. A high temperature of 64 is expected with wind gusts of 10 to 40 mph.

Tonight the Tri-Valley is expected to have rain and wind. Low temperatures in the 50s and south winds of 10 to 40 mph are anticipated.

Wednesday the Tri-Valley is expected to be mostly cloudy with a chance of showers. High temperatures in the mid 50s to mid 60s and south winds of 5 to 20 mph are anticipated.

This morning, however, the CHP reported that two left lanes of southbound U.S. Highway 101 are flooded at River Road in Sonoma County. CHP Officer Kevin Kroncke said all northbound

lanes of Highway 101 were under standing water at Lucky Drive in Corte Madera at 7 a.m.

Southbound Highway 101 is completely flooded in the right lane near its junction with state Highway 1, just south of Mill Valley, according to the CHP.

In San Francisco, nearly a foot of water has forced the closure of on-ramps to Interstate Highway 280 at King and Sixth streets, Kroncke said, who added the on-ramps will remain closed until Caltrans crews manage to clear clogged storm drains in the area.

The CHP is cautioning all motorists to drive with extreme care this morning and expect standing water on all Bay Area roadways.

In Pleasanton, Operations Services Director Daniel Smith said that city crews prepared in advance for the rainy season by clearing culverts and drains. He urged residents to clear leaves from neighborhood drains as a part of this effort.

He said Operations Services crews have spent the past six weeks implementing an annual leaf pick-up program in advance of the rains.

Pleasanton residents who see flooded areas should call the Operations Services Department between 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. at (925) 931-5500. Flooding can also be reported to the Police Department between 3:30 p.m. and 7 a.m. at (925) 931-5100.

Bay City News contributed to this report.

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Posted by D W
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 13, 2009 at 10:17 am

Also beware of possible power outages as all the local TV stations are forecasting such a probability during the evening hours from attending the Recycling workshop to staying home watching the NCISes or DWTS and the like. While it likely won't be a 30-hour blackout like July 06, stay inside if you don't have to go anywhere.

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Posted by PToWN94566
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 13, 2009 at 12:27 pm

PToWN94566 is a registered user.

The rain has been anything but "light." The streets are flooded over here by Harvest Park and all of the neighbor's backyards are flooded as well.

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Posted by nortel47
a resident of Downtown
on Oct 13, 2009 at 3:44 pm

Growing up out east, I'm always facinated we can't manage 3 inches of rain without flooding. There is this thing called "grading" you are supposed to do to roads and yards so they don't become swimming pools. Do you really think people in the midwest sandbag thier house 3 times a week when it rains?

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Posted by Stacey
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Oct 13, 2009 at 4:07 pm

Stacey is a registered user.

Do people in the Midwest have dried out and hard-packed clay soils that haven't seen a lick of rain all summer?

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