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High Wind Warning Issued for Friday's Storm System

High Wind Warning Issued for Friday's Storm System

Jan. 29, 2019— The National Weather Service has issued a High Wind Warning for the greater Bay Area from 3 p.m. Friday until 10 a.m. Saturday, with the peaking arriving late Friday into early Saturday. Southeast winds of 25-to-35 mph are expected to brings gusts of 50 to 65 mph to some parts of the Bay Area. Here in Palo Alto, gusts are expected as high as 33 mph.

There is also a Flash Flood Watch in effect for this next storm system, with a chance of thunderstorms arriving after 11 a.m. on Saturday.

Get the most up-to-date forecast for Palo Alto here. You can also monitor Palo Alto's creek levels here.

In preparation for the rain, Public Works crews on Tuesday placed yellow reflectors on the inside of the bridge abutment at West Bayshore at San Francisquito Creek. The reflectors are one foot from the bottom of the bridge and will be used to help monitor water levels in the creek.

Important Note regarding the Creek Monitor Page: All the creek monitor sensors are in place, however, the sensors at West Bayshore and Matadero Creek is under evaluation and the sensor at West Bayshore and San Francisquito Creek has not been providing accurate data during low flow events. With the arrival of each storm, Public Works will continuously inspect the creeks and monitor the data shown.

To report flooding issues, blocked storm drains, slides and fallen trees, call the Public Works after hours line at: (650) 329-2413.

Power outages can be reported at: (650) 496-6914.

Both Mitchell Park and Rinconada Park locations have been stocked with loose sand and fill bags. Five thousand filled bags will be assembled by City staff this season. Once our filled bag inventory is depleted, only loose sand and bags will be provided at these sites. There is a limit of 10 filled bags per trip for passenger cars and 20 filled bags for pickup trucks. These limits are set to promote driver safety.

You can find a full page of Storm Watch resources and preparedness tips at this link here.

Last Updated: January 29, 2019