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Bay Area Flash Flood Watch in Effect

| March 23, 2011
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From the National Weather Service, an alert in effect for the following areas:

Coastal North Bay Including Point Reyes National Seashore
North Bay Mountains
Northern Monterey Bay
Northern Salinas Valley, Hollister Valley and Carmel Valley
San Francisco Peninsula Coast
Santa Cruz Mountains
Santa Lucia Mountains and Los Padres National Forest
Southern Monterey Bay and Big Sur Coast

…FLASH FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT PDT TONIGHT THROUGH WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON…

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA HAS ISSUED A FLASH FLOOD WATCH FOR A PORTION OF CALIFORNIA… INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING AREAS…COASTAL NORTH BAY…INCLUDING POINT REYES NATIONAL SEASHORE…NORTH BAY MOUNTAINS…NORTHERN MONTEREY BAY…NORTHERN SALINAS VALLEY…HOLLISTER VALLEY…AND CARMEL VALLEY…SAN FRANCISCO PENINSULA COAST…SANTA CRUZ MOUNTAINS…SANTA LUCIA MOUNTAINS AND LOS PADRES NATIONAL FOREST AND SOUTHERN MONTEREY BAY AND BIG SUR COAST.

* FROM MIDNIGHT PDT TONIGHT THROUGH WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON

* THE FIRST IN ANOTHER SERIES OF LATE SEASON STORMS WILL MOVE INTO THE GREATER SAN FRANCISCO AND MONTEREY BAY REGIONS LATER TONIGHT AND ON WEDNESDAY BRINGING THE POTENTIAL FOR RAINFALL RATES OF 3/4 OF AN INCH TO POSSIBLY ONE INCH PER HOUR AT TIMES. THE MAIN AREAS OF CONCERN ARE OVER THE COASTAL SECTIONS AND IN PARTICULAR THE SANTA CRUZ MOUNTAINS AND THE SANTA LUCIA MOUNTAINS.

* IMPACTS…WITH THE SOIL COMPLETELY SATURATED…LOCALIZED
FLOODING FROM RUNOFF AND INCREASED POTENTIAL FOR LAND MOVEMENT ARE A CONCERN. IN ADDITION…THE FLASHIER STREAMS AND CREEKS ACROSS THE WATCH AREA WILL LIKELY SEE RAPID RISES WITH THE HEAVIEST RAINFALL RATES. THE MAIN FRONT IS FORECAST TO BE THROUGH THE AREA BY EARLY AFTERNOON WEDNESDAY WITH SHOWERS BEHIND THE FRONT.

Instructions: A FLASH FLOOD WATCH MEANS THAT CONDITIONS MAY DEVELOP THAT LEAD TO FLASH FLOODING. FLASH FLOODING IS A VERY DANGEROUS SITUATION. RESIDENTS IN AREAS AFFECTED BY FLASHIER STREAMS AND CREEKS OR IN AREAS SUBJECT TO POSSIBLE LAND MOVEMENT SHOULD TAKE THE STEPS NECESSARY TO PROTECT THEIR PROPERTY. PERSONS IN THE WATCH AREA SHOULD REMAIN ALERT AND FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS OF EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS OFFICIALS.

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