Monday March 13, 2023

CBS Bay Area

With flood waters still rising in Monterey County, a new threat was rapidly approaching the Bay Area Monday as a powerful storm front fueled by moisture from the Hawaiian Islands bore down on the region.

Forecasters were predicting the Cat 2 or Cat 3 atmospheric river will pummel the region beginning late Monday night. A low-pressure system spinning northeast of the Bay Area will intensify the storm’s rain and winds.

Flooded roadways, landslides, falling trees and power outages were expected across the waterlogged region.

“This is shaping up to be a significant system with the potential for wide-reaching and long-lasting impacts,” the  National Weather Service said.

A flood watch for the entire Bay Area was in place until Wednesday with a high wind warning kicking in on Monday night “given increasing confidence in the expectation for strong to damaging wind gusts.”

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