A high wind warning for the Bay Area has come in from the National Weather Service (NWS). Said the NWS in a statement, “…a strong storm system and atmospheric river will bring widespread moderate to heavy rainfall and strong winds to the region from Wednesday and Thursday. This will increase the threat for widespread flooding and wind damage across the Bay Area & Central Coast.”
The warning will be in effect from early tomorrow morning, January 4, at 4am, till January 5 at 10am. Milpitas residents can expect heavy rainstorms generating winds of up to 25 mph with wind gusts of up to 50 mph. Power outages are likely, and winds at that speed can also blow down power lines and trees.
A concurrent flood watch for the whole Bay Area will be in effect during the same period of time cited above. The heavy rain is expected to result in flooding from rivers, creeks, and streams.
A press release from the City of Milpitas advised, “Given these conditions, the City urges people to stay home and encourages telework to reduce the number of vehicles on roadways as travel will be difficult. Monitor weather forecasts and be alert for possible flood warnings. Those living in areas prone to flooding should be prepared to take action should flooding develop. Anticipate possible disruptions to power and internet services for extended periods.”
Residents can visit pge.com for outage info. People seeking to fill their sandbags can find help in the Milpitas Sports Center parking lot and at Hall Memorial Park.
Meanwhile, Santa Clara Valley Water District has activated its Emergency Operation Center to track the storm and its impacts. In a press release, Valley Water cited the following potential flooding hot spots, noting that flooding might also occur elsewhere:
- Uvas Creek, with potential flooding of Highway 101 south of 10th Street in Gilroy and the area of the Gilroy Sports Park
- San Francisquito Creek in Palo Alto
- Ross Creek at Cherry Avenue in San Jose
- Upper Penitencia Creek at Mabury and King roads in San Jose
- Guadalupe River at West Alma Avenue in San Jose
- Sunnyvale East Channel at Tasman Drive in Sunnyvale
- West Little Llagas Creek in Morgan Hill
Said their release, “Valley Water employees are working hard to ensure our waterways remain clear of debris and blockages. Our agency owns and manages 294 miles of the more than 800 miles of creeks in the county. Valley Water has crews working this week to check areas of creeks and streams throughout the county and clear any debris they find.”
After this storm passes, more wind and precipitation is expected into early next week.