Thursday, January 3, 2008

Storm Brewing

San Fran is battening down the hatches and preparing for the worst storms in two years. By lunchtime today the rain was starting.

Up to four inches of rain is forecast to fall around the city in the next few days with heavy winds with hurricane-force gusts causing coastal flooding, high surf and ocean swells of 25 to 30 feet and possible power outages.

About 500 sandbags have been given out with more on the way and the US Coast Guard is asking sailors to stay in port. The heaviest rain will be on Friday morning with up to eight inches in the surrounding hills, reports the San Fran Chronicle.

The three storms that are predicted to arrive in quick succession up to Monday will affect the whole of California. The end of the storms could bring snow to the highest peaks. Lake Tahoe, the ski resort to the north east, may get an extra ten feet of snow and winds as strong as 150 mph on the highest ridges.

KTVU, the local television channel, also reports on the city cleaning its sewers to make sure there are no blockages, and residents stocking up on 'tarps' and candles.

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