Bay Area Getting Soaked as Pacific Storm Packs a Punch

Forecaster Bob Benjamin said there could be some brief downpours throughout the day, with the heavier showers expected to fall south of San Francisco.

By Bay City News Service: 

Off-and-on heavy showers are expected to fall throughout the Bay Area for the rest of the day Friday, a National Weather Service forecaster said. 

Forecaster Bob Benjamin said there could be some brief downpours throughout the day, with the heavier showers expected to fall south of San Francisco. 

"Don't totally discount the chance of thunderstorms," Benjamin said. 

He said heavy showers are causing highway and roadway problems and flooding from clogged storm drains. 

Urban flood advisories in Santa Cruz and Monterey counties expired around 10 a.m. as the storm tapered off. 

According to the California Highway Patrol, there are many flooded roadways in all parts of the Bay Area. There is a chance of showers through Saturday, with the Monterey area and South Bay more likely to get the brunt of the storm. 

"It might not hurt to have a rain jacket or a small umbrella," Benjamin said. 

The next chance of rain comes next Wednesday or Thursday, he said. 

 As of 10 a.m., there had been .88 inches of rain in San Francisco since midnight. Precipitation in the city is at 43 percent of average for this time of year, Benjamin said. 

"It's not a drought buster," he said. "But it's definitely a step in the right direction." 

San Francisco International Airport duty manager Joe Walsh said as of 10 a.m., 87 flights had been canceled because of the weather. The cancellations have affected 41 arrivals and 46 departures, while delays into and out of the airport are anywhere between 30 and 60 minutes.. 

No cancellations were reported Friday morning at Oakland International and Mineta San Jose airports, according to airport officials. 

The storm blowing through the Bay Area had knocked out power to 13,089 PG&E customers throughout the Bay Area as of 10 a.m. Friday morning, utility officials said.

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Dave Robertson March 02, 2014 at 03:41 PM
Just to add a bit more: California has cried broke for years. They even fooled us into passing prop 30 to add to revenue - again more political than realistic. Now the state claims a surplus (mainly from increased economic activity). Brown states publicly that he will put it away for a rainy day (no pun intended), while many state's governors talk about giving it back through lowering taxes. On a more day to day front this state continues to obsess on global warming - a noble effort, but not the only issue at play here. So, going forward, we can continue to obsess or we can deal with our problems. Six months ago everyone was railing about how to manage our population growth. But now we find ourselves without a viable water infrastructure, all the money to fix it, but no politician willing to even admit we have money.
Dwayne Hoover March 03, 2014 at 08:00 PM
This is what's going to happen if you don't wake up and make some changes. It could be the only DVD left to watch one day. http://youtu.be/oEp382HIisE
novato 3per March 04, 2014 at 09:17 AM
The Irish Department of Health's deputy chief medical officer has warned that people who live near wind turbines risk having their health and psychological well being compromised. The Irish Examiner reports that, following a review of research on the effects of wind turbine noise on human health, the deputy CMO said, "There is a consistent cluster of symptoms related to wind turbine syndrome which occurs in a number of people in the vicinity of industrial wind turbines." ‘Wind turbine syndrome’ is a condition suffered by people living within earshot of the noise made by wind turbine blades as they spin round. The blades are known to make infrasounds, vibrations that we cannot consciously "hear", yet still have an effect on the inner ear. Symptoms include fatigue, dizziness, headache, difficulty concentrating, and insomnia. "There are specific risk factors for this syndrome and people with these risk factors experience symptoms. These people must be treated appropriately and sensitively as these symptoms can be very debilitating," the deputy CMO added. The Irish Department of the Environment looks set to ignore the advice, however. It has dismissed the deputy CMO's findings as "a preliminary literature review and not a recommendation of the Department of Health." The Department of Health is also choosing to downplay the warning, saying that it was "general overview of the literature in this area" that "did not constitute expert advice."
novato 3per March 04, 2014 at 09:31 AM
Report: DC’s green-approved buildings using more energy Washington, D.C. may have the highest number of certified green buildings in the country, but research by Environmental Policy Alliance suggests it might not be doing much good. The free-market group analyzed the first round of energy usage data released by city officials Friday and found that large, privately-owned buildings that received the green energy certification Leadership in Energy Design (LEED) actually use more energy than buildings that didn’t receive this green stamp of approval Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2014/03/02/report-dcs-green-approved-buildings-using-more-energy/#ixzz2v0L0HRwO
Leslie kemp March 04, 2014 at 10:18 AM
If you're going to report on the rain shouldn't it be current. This article was written on 2/28 and it's now 3/3. Doesn't make sense after the fact. Just sayin'.


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