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Posted on: February 1, 2019

[ARCHIVED] Storm Warning for Atherton and the Bay Area this weekend


The National Weather Service (NWS) is predicting severe weather this weekend (February 1-3, 2019) as a storm approaches the Bay Area. The NWS has issued high wind and flood warnings through the end of Saturday and into Sunday.  Southeast wind speeds are expected to range from 25 to 35 mph with gusts up to 65 mph.  Rain rates will approach 1 inch per hour at the peak of the storm. Rainfall totals of 1-2 inches are forecast for the valleys and other areas near sea level. 2-3 inches of rain is expected in the hills with local amounts up to 4 inches. In preparation for the storm, please follow these tips to ensure you and your family stays safe during the storm: 

  • -Make sure your emergency back-up power generators, sump pumps, and other detention systems are in good working order. 
  • -Assure your flashlights are filled with fresh batteries and in a handy location as well as candles and lanterns to help deal with a small scale power outage.  
  • -Check and restock your emergency kits 

In addition, for those concerned with the possibility of small scale flooding issues, the Town offers up to 20 sandbags free of charge to its residents. Residents can visit the Public Works Corporation Yard at 99 Station Lane and load the bags using the shovel and bags provided. The facility is located behind the permit center and is available 24/7/365. 

During the worst weather episodes, you can count on your Public Works and Police Departments to be there. Please remember that if you must travel during a storm, do observe our vehicles with their trademark flashing amber lights. This could be a sign of a downed tree or flooding, but it generally marks a worker in the streets away from their vehicle. So please remember to look out for us while we’re looking out for you!

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