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Tue Nov 27, 2012, 04:37 PM

Californians Told to Prepare for Series of Storms and Heavy Rain

Source: Bloomberg

By Brian K. Sullivan - Nov 27, 2012 3:48 PM ET

California emergency officials warned residents to get ready for a series of windy storms that may snap trees and drop 15 inches (38 centimeters) of rain in higher elevations.

By the time the three storms end this weekend, San Francisco may receive 6 inches of rain and be whipped by winds of 35 to 45 miles (56 to 72 kilometers) per hour, said Logan Johnson, a warning coordination meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Monterey, California.

“The impacts are going to be pretty far-reaching,” Johnson said by telephone. “Most of the state of California is going to be receiving rain, wind and snow in the high elevations.”

Gale warnings stretch from Olympia, Washington, to central California and high-wind warnings and watches reach from Oregon to Monterey, south of San Francisco. The California Emergency Management Agency urged residents to prepare for power failures and mudslides and to plot escape routes in case of flooding.

Read more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-11-27/californians-told-to-prepare-for-series-of-storms-and-heavy-rain.html

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Reply Californians Told to Prepare for Series of Storms and Heavy Rain (Original post)
Purveyor Nov 2012 OP
FourScore Nov 2012 #1
Uncle Joe Nov 2012 #2
Journeyman Nov 2012 #3
calimary Nov 2012 #5
Scairp Nov 2012 #44
calimary Nov 2012 #45
mitchtv Nov 2012 #4
Purveyor Nov 2012 #6
Xithras Nov 2012 #7
DonRedwood Nov 2012 #18
Xithras Nov 2012 #21
alphafemale Nov 2012 #22
SoapBox Nov 2012 #8
slackmaster Nov 2012 #9
Mz Pip Nov 2012 #10
XemaSab Nov 2012 #11
olddad56 Nov 2012 #12
BuddhaGirl Nov 2012 #14
xxqqqzme Nov 2012 #13
XemaSab Nov 2012 #16
DonRedwood Nov 2012 #19
Xithras Nov 2012 #27
xxqqqzme Nov 2012 #31
pink-o Nov 2012 #15
SoCalMusicLover Nov 2012 #17
dipsydoodle Nov 2012 #24
SoCalMusicLover Nov 2012 #36
dipsydoodle Nov 2012 #37
NickP Nov 2012 #20
CountAllVotes Nov 2012 #23
goclark Nov 2012 #25
CountAllVotes Nov 2012 #26
Gormy Cuss Nov 2012 #28
AngryAmish Nov 2012 #29
slackmaster Nov 2012 #30
olddad56 Nov 2012 #46
XemaSab Nov 2012 #32
REP Nov 2012 #35
XemaSab Nov 2012 #38
Le Taz Hot Nov 2012 #33
JI7 Nov 2012 #34
Cherchez la Femme Nov 2012 #39
slackmaster Nov 2012 #41
Cherchez la Femme Nov 2012 #42
cbayer Nov 2012 #40
Coyotl Nov 2012 #43
lucca18 Nov 2012 #47
slackmaster Nov 2012 #48

Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Tue Nov 27, 2012, 04:46 PM

1. Get ready for some houses to slide.

May the people be safe.

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Tue Nov 27, 2012, 04:52 PM

2. Kicked and recommended.

Thanks for the thread, Purveyor.

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Tue Nov 27, 2012, 05:00 PM

3. I hope so. We could use a lot more rain and snow. Stay safe, and let's hope no one stays dry. . .

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Response to Journeyman (Reply #3)

Tue Nov 27, 2012, 05:07 PM

5. Man, could we EVER use more rain here in SoCal! Near-constant drought conditions.

A few little spits here and there, but that's nothing to fill the reservoirs with, or snow over the mountain peaks.

I LOVE the rain. Only problem is - it rains out here so infrequently that nobody remembers how to drive. Wet pavement is extra treacherous.

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Response to calimary (Reply #5)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 06:04 AM

44. It's raining here now

It rained yesterday and pretty much all night. I couldn't use my new telescope last night and I wanted to look at Jupiter so it was a bummer but we do need rain.

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Response to Scairp (Reply #44)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 11:31 AM

45. I woke up to the rain! Rain! SO COOL!

I sympathize though, Scairp. We missed one of the meteor showers because it was overcast one night. We do live in Southern California so the rain won't last long.

I LOVE LOVE LOVE the rain - probably because we get so little. But hopefully it'll come in short stretches of a few days at a time, so we have time to absorb the water. That way, we won't have mudslides.

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Tue Nov 27, 2012, 05:04 PM

4. any is appreciated

in this dry corner

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Response to mitchtv (Reply #4)

Tue Nov 27, 2012, 05:13 PM

6. I hope some of it makes it up to Michigan as long as it doesn't come in the form of a ice-storm.

I've just got this awful feeling we are going to get hit with a week+ without power doozy this year.

Stay safe out there!

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Tue Nov 27, 2012, 05:19 PM

7. Awesome

And I have't had a chance to cut down the creaky redwood behind my house yet. Hope it holds!

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Response to Xithras (Reply #7)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 12:16 AM

18. Poor little redwood!!!

I wish I could adopt it!

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Response to DonRedwood (Reply #18)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 01:56 AM

21. Lol, no you don't

I love my redwoods, but this one has a fierce case of root rot. You can actually hear the remaining roots creaking when the wind blows, as they struggle to hold the rest of the tree up. It's highly unlikely that it will survive the winter. I really intended to cut it down before the storms rolled in, but never had a chance.

It can fall in any direction except northeast. If it falls that way, it will flatten my carport. If it falls in any other direction, I may lose a fence or a garden box, but the damage will be minimal.

Who wants to place bets on my carport surviving the storm?

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Response to Xithras (Reply #21)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 04:13 AM

22. less than 5%

Trees are just evil that way.

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Tue Nov 27, 2012, 05:24 PM

8. but, but, but...

I just put up my Christmas decor!!!

...ya, ya, I know we need it really bad!

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Tue Nov 27, 2012, 05:33 PM

9. And San Diego will get the short end of the stick as usual

 

'Tis the Season.

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Tue Nov 27, 2012, 05:58 PM

10. Sandbags are available

at a local park. They must be expecting quite a storm since in all the decades I've lived here I never received a notice about picking up sandbags.

I live near Berkeley, across the Bay from San Francisco. Not too worried about flooding but as I look out into my neighbors yards I can see somer pretty tall eculalyptus, redwoods and willow trees. Those could be a problem...

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Response to Mz Pip (Reply #10)

Tue Nov 27, 2012, 06:58 PM

11. They're saying that here in Redding too

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Response to Mz Pip (Reply #10)

Tue Nov 27, 2012, 07:01 PM

12. especially the eculalyptus trees.

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Response to Mz Pip (Reply #10)

Tue Nov 27, 2012, 07:42 PM

14. Point Richmond here :-)

CA really needs the rain, and I hope my neighbors' eucalyptus can withstand this storm!

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Tue Nov 27, 2012, 07:04 PM

13. Have the levees

around Sacramento been strengthened? Or are we still pretending they're just fine?

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Response to xxqqqzme (Reply #13)

Tue Nov 27, 2012, 09:41 PM

16. The levees?

Is there a problem with the levees?

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Response to xxqqqzme (Reply #13)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 12:18 AM

19. pretending for the most part.... yikes!

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Response to xxqqqzme (Reply #13)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 12:09 PM

27. The levees directly around the city are fine.

The ACoE started strengthening the levees in the city more than a decade ago. They're still doing upgrade work, but the odds of a levee failure in the city itself are relatively slight.

The levee problems at this point are mostly upstream and on the Delta. THOSE levees are in crap shape. They always have been, and probably always will be. Everyone agrees that there's a problem, but nobody can agree on a fix. Personally, I strongly oppose direct reinforcement of the existing levees. They should be replaced with setbacks. We would lose farmland, but it would preserve habitat and reduce flood risk for the rest of the Valley. Farming groups, naturally, oppose this idea.

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Response to Xithras (Reply #27)

Thu Nov 29, 2012, 03:17 AM

31. Thanks for that update.

n/t

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Tue Nov 27, 2012, 08:55 PM

15. Ugh! Gotta drive thru it to SFO for my 5 am shift.

And if anyone is flying thru there tomorrow, expect your flights to be at least an hour delayed.

I don't care if we need it, I really don't love rain, wind and cold weather.

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Tue Nov 27, 2012, 11:03 PM

17. I Don't Suppose....

This Has Anything To Do With That Global Warming Stuff.

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Response to SoCalMusicLover (Reply #17)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 08:03 AM

24. Check back in a years time

and see if there was any change in average annual rainfall for the area. At present it just looks likes end of November's and December's will drop in one go. We had rather a lot of rain in the UK last week but it had been below average , at least where I am, for months.

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Response to dipsydoodle (Reply #24)

Thu Nov 29, 2012, 08:01 AM

36. Rain In The UK?

Doesn't it pretty much rain most of the time over there in England?

How can you determine when it's "a lot of rain?"

Just teasing ya. I hope to experience some of that UK rain if I'm able to come there next June.

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Response to SoCalMusicLover (Reply #36)

Thu Nov 29, 2012, 08:12 AM

37. Hope you experience some good music here too.



btw our average rainfall has been c. 24" in living memory

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 12:37 AM

20. Hope it's not too bad...

I know my area's supposed to get wet, I just hope it doesn't get too bad.

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 07:57 AM

23. It's hitting heavy here now

Big blow is coming in right now in the north. Winds blowing fiercely and it is just beginning.

I fear this storm will take the fence down.

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Response to CountAllVotes (Reply #23)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 08:17 AM

25. Stay safe everyone!

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Response to goclark (Reply #25)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 08:26 AM

26. Managed to have a load of trash hauled away yesterday

It has been piling up in the yard for a few years now and no one cared to do anything about it until I finally got angry enough to get someone off their butt and get someone out here. Two full truck loads of leaves, sticks, trees, etc. all hauled away with one to go.

I felt sad for the man that came to do this work. It took him two hours and it was all of $40.00 including gas and the place he took it too will recycle all of this for free. He is a man in his late 50s I'd say and he has nowhere to live but on someone's sofa in a nearby town. Ain't that America ... where the hell are we going?

He might come back to get the final load today if there is a break in the weather for an hour or two. You never know with conditions like this.

It is not wise to allow rubbish to pile up like that in one's yard. It is not only a fire hazard but could also get hit with lightning and set the property ablaze and there is some unfenced field lands only a block or so away and lots of big huge trees here too; redwoods aplenty and when one of those goes down, watch out -- TIMBER!!!

Stay safe fellow Californians and others affected by this huge storm coming in now! Yikes!

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 12:19 PM

28. The rain doesn't worry me but the wind does.

Too many unhealthy trees in the neighbor's yard. Our own should be fine because we had them trimmed earlier in the year.

Flooding's usually not an issue in this neighborhood either but I'll keep my fingers crossed.

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 01:14 PM

29. Is this a good thing or bad?

Wind is always bad but don't you need the rain? We sure do in Illinois.

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Response to AngryAmish (Reply #29)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 01:31 PM

30. It's both. Abundant snowfall in the Sierra Nevada that doesn't melt right away would be ideal.

 

Nature rarely provides the ideal.

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Response to slackmaster (Reply #30)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 11:39 AM

46. I think the slow level is 7000ft. This storm will melt any snow below that.

this is a warm rain, there will be a lot of water coming down out of the mountains.

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Response to AngryAmish (Reply #29)

Thu Nov 29, 2012, 03:22 AM

32. We have four seasons here in California:

Drought, fire, mudslides, and flooding.

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Response to XemaSab (Reply #32)

Thu Nov 29, 2012, 04:19 AM

35. I thought it was just On Fire and Wet

But I live in the Bay Area.

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Response to REP (Reply #35)

Thu Nov 29, 2012, 11:58 AM

38. Some parts of the state also get dangerous fog

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Thu Nov 29, 2012, 04:07 AM

33. Mild rain off and on

in Fresno most of the day. Wind but not high winds. The forecast is rain for the next couple of days. We could use a big downpour here but it's only supposed to be an inch overall. Maybe enough to get us up to "normal" status for the year.

Fresno is set up pretty well for flooding. We have the irrigation canals that run through the city plus we put in ponding basins all over the city back in the 70's that catch the excess. Additionally, the older homes (like mine) were built on slightly elevated ground and as bad as it's rained here in the past, there's never been any flooding in those areas. The newer neighborhoods -- the ones built in the last 10 years? Those houses were built on flat ground and face flooding problems every time we have more than a 1/2 inch of rain.

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Thu Nov 29, 2012, 04:11 AM

34. Good, i hope it's a cold dark wet winter this year, i love this type of weather

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Thu Nov 29, 2012, 01:39 PM

39. Anyone know how this may effect the faults?

And the increased, more vicious storms due to global warming?

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Response to Cherchez la Femme (Reply #39)

Thu Nov 29, 2012, 01:53 PM

41. The most widely accepted theory says it will get them wet

 

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Response to slackmaster (Reply #41)

Thu Nov 29, 2012, 02:36 PM

42. Smartypants. ; P

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Thu Nov 29, 2012, 01:43 PM

40. Rainy and rocky out here at the island.

I like the rain. The rockiness, though, greatly inhibits my ability to get anything done.

Then again, it's a great excuse for staying under the covers with my laptop!

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Thu Nov 29, 2012, 10:57 PM

43. Five days of rain expected on the Oregon Coast

Expecting three inches of rain, added to twelve this month now.

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 12:04 PM

47. Violent storm last night in our area.

The wind was howling so loud......all night!
Since we live in a flood zone, hoping the water level from the nearby creek doesn't get too high!
Be safe everyone!

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 12:13 PM

48. My car almost got wet yesterday

 

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