- Associated Press - Saturday, January 7, 2017

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The Latest on large storms headed to California and Nevada (all times local):

6:20 p.m.

A fire official says a woman taking a walk on a Northern California golf course was killed after a tree fell and struck her Saturday.

San Ramon Valley Fire Battalion Chief Dan McNamara says firefighters found the woman with critical injuries at the Canyon Lakes Golf Course in San Ramon.

He says the woman, believed to be in her 50s, was taken to a hospital where she later died.

McNamara says it was extremely windy in the area when the tree fell.

He says at least four other trees have fallen in San Ramon because of the wind.


10:50 a.m.

Officials in Sparks say longtime residents of the northern Nevada community say longtime residents know what to expect from this weekend’s expected flooding, but newcomers are starting from scratch.

Acting Mayor Ron Smith says drought conditions in the last five years have at times reduced the Truckee River to a trickle, and that newer residents can’t believe it’s going to flood.

Smith says that’s why officials are urging residents to take flood warnings seriously.

Acting City Manager Neil Koutz says residents are better prepared to deal with the anticipated flooding than they were in the past, partly due to flood forecasting technology that provides days, not hours of warning.

Koutz says sandbag locations were set up Thursday, well in advance of flooding expected to begin Sunday.


10:45 a.m.

The Reno area will be under a flood warning Sunday and Monday, while mudslides are expected in Central California as heavy rain and snow are predicted from the Pacific to the Sierra Nevada.

The National Weather Service says the Truckee River in Nevada is expected to reach flood stage Sunday afternoon in downtown Reno due to runoff from nearby mountains.

Flooding is expected in an industrial area of nearby Sparks later Sunday, with peak flows at about 5 feet above flood stage early Monday.

Thousands of sandbags have been filled to try to secure property from flooding.

A winter weather advisory issued for the Reno area for Saturday warned of hazardous travel conditions due to light snow and freezing rain.

In California, forecasters predict 8 inches of rain from Sonoma to Monterey counties, with mudslides on the Central Coast hit hard this summer by wildfires.

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