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Bay Area bracing for weekend storm

Expect power outages, road closures, flooding amid heavy rain and wind

Bay Area residents can expect bracing winds, landslides and power outages as a nasty storm system drenches the region this weekend.

Drivers should avoid the roads Saturday morning, when wind gusts could reach as high as 80 mph in Monterey Bay and up to 60 mph throughout the Bay Area, according to the National Weather Service.

A high wind warning is in effect from 3 p.m. Friday to 10 a.m. Saturday. The wind will topple trees and likely cause widespread power outages, meteorologist Drew Peterson said.

"Anyone trying to drive tomorrow is probably going to have a pretty nasty drive, no matter where they're at," Peterson said.

The rain is expected to start Friday evening and continue through Saturday. A flash flood watch is in effect until Saturday morning.

The showers should die down Sunday, making travel more manageable for those out and about for Super Bowl festivities.

Landslides, rock slides and mudslides are a big concern, especially on Saturday. Some roads near the Santa Cruz Mountains and the East Bay Hills may have to close because of the debris, according to Peterson.

After the rain dies down, temperatures are expected to drop Monday and Tuesday. Lows will likely be in the mid-30s, causing problems for homeless people without shelter.

— Bay City News Service

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