A wind advisory was issued by the NWS for Saturday afternoon and evening for the North and East Bay hills, the North Bay coast, San Francisco and the San Francisco peninsula coast from 2 p.m. Saturday to 2 a.m. Sunday.
Southerly winds of 20 to 30 mph with gusts of 40 to 45 mph are expected near the coast, NWS officials said.
Winds can result in foliage debris and tree damage, leading to isolated power outages.
About 8,300 Bay Area Pacific Gas and Electric customers had lost power at 9 p.m. Friday, including almost 7,000 in the East Bay, PG&E officials said.
NWS officials forecast as much as 0.82 inches of rain in Sonoma County and 0.65 inches in Santa Cruz County by 5 a.m. Sunday.
WIND ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 2 AM PDT SUNDAY FOR THE NORTH AND EAST BAY HILLS SONOMA COUNTY COAST SOUTH THROUGH SAN MATEO COUNTY. pic.twitter.com/iGELUWxMNu
— NWSBayArea (@NWSBayArea) October 15, 2016
Sunday rain predictions include 1.49 inches of rain in Santa Cruz County, 0.84 inches in Sonoma County and 0.69 inches in San Mateo County.
Coastal flooding will exacerbate erosion on the coasts, NWS officials said. The public is encouraged to avoid beaches, coastal rocks and jetties.
A Flood Advisory has been issued for Lake County as well.
Wind and rain can create hazardous driving conditions. By 4 p.m. Friday, California Highway Patrol officers in Marin had received about 55 reports of traffic collisions, mostly due to the wet conditions, CHP officials said.
— Rebecca Strom (@Rebecca_Strom) October 15, 2016
Drivers should reduce their speed, avoid sudden lane changes and maintain enough space around their vehicles in wet conditions, CHP officials said.
It’s looking more likely that the storm is going to stall over the Santa Cruz Mountains. The National Weather Service is seeing this too now and has issued a Flash Flood Watch for the Santa Cruz Mountains especially in the burn area.
We could see another 2-to-4 inches of rain in the burn area. Should this happen, there is a possibility for mudslides, flashfloods and debris flows.
The storm is expected to stall late Saturday night and pump rain there until Sunday night.