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Posted on: January 30, 2024

Be Storm Prepared

Winter Weather Resources (4)

Widespread rain and heavy wind anticipated to start in the evening of Tuesday, January 30, 2024. Scattered showers expected to continue through the weekend. Possible impacts include flooding and power outages. Rapid rises along area streams and creeks, flooded roadways, shallow landslides, and downed trees. The National Weather Service will continue to update the details regarding this storm as we get closer. Stay tuned to the latest forecast for the most up-to-date weather information and monitor SMC Alerts for the most up-to-date emergency information or the Town’s Alert Center (when activated).

What could this mean for San Mateo County? 

Localized flooding in low-lying areas or where storm drains or drainage systems are temporarily blocked by debris. 

Flooded roadways, especially in low-lying or flood-prone areas. 

Slides (mud/debris) in areas with steep hillsides. 

High stream/creek levels, possibly reaching flood stage in some areas.

Gusty Winds could blow around unsecured objects and blow down tree limbs.

Power outages may result from rain and strong winds.

What actions can you take to prepare and/or stay safe? Again, consider your neighbors who may be unaware of the potential impact of the upcoming storm or need assistance preparing.

Before the storm

✓ Secure outdoor objects that could be blown over by wind (e.g, patio furniture, sports equipment, trash cans, pop-up canopies). 

✓ Rake leaves and other yard debris and place them in the green bin (to keep out of gutters and storm drains). 

✓ Make sure your emergency supplies are is up-to-date: have a flashlight, radio and spare batteries handy if the power goes out.

✓ Protect homes and businesses in low-lying flood-prone areas by making sandbags

✓ Mariners / Houseboat occupants should secure vessels for severe wind and seas. 

✓ Sign up to receive SMC Alerts emergency calls, text message or email alerts.  

✓ Visit the Town's Winter Storm Preparedness website for Town specific related resources. 

During the storm:

Avoid unnecessary travel and use extra caution when driving.

Do not walk or drive around barricades or through standing water.

Stay away from downed power lines. Always assume a fallen power line is live and do not touch it with your hand or other object. Call 9-1-1 immediately to report the fallen line. Then call PG&E at 1-877-660-6789.

Fallen trees could be hiding downed power lines. Call 9-1-1 to report fallen trees.

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