- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 14, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Forecasters say stormy weather and high winds were expected to move into the San Francisco Bay Area Wednesday and Thursday.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports (https://bit.ly/2gLhDDd ) the region could see gusts of wind exceeding 20 mph and rain accumulations of up to a quarter-inch before the storm strikes in earnest Thursday.

Flash flood warnings are in effect for the Santa Cruz Mountains. Scorched soil there from a recent massive fire makes the area vulnerable to erosion. Winds could hit 40 miles an hour there.

National Weather Service Forecaster Bob Benjamin says the rain and high winds will go along with king tides that are expected to exceed 7 feet around noon Thursday. The storm should still be around during the evening commute Thursday.

Trees dried by drought could be downed by the wind and the rain, leading to possible power outages.


Information from: San Francisco Chronicle, https://www.sfgate.com

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