The latest atmospheric river storm system walloped the Bay Area on Thursday evening into Friday morning, unleashing a powerful combination of rainfall and gusty winds that left roads flooded and trees leveled.
A vast majority of the storm’s rain fell in Thursday evening or later. According to National Weather Service 12-hour rain totals around 5 a.m. Friday, most Bay Area urban population centers hovered near the one-inch mark. San Jose received .88 inches, slightly more than downtown San Francisco’s .77. Other measurements along the Peninsula and in the South Bay included 1.23 in Redwood City, .99 in Palo Alto, 1.15 in Sunnyvale and .98 in Mountain View.
The rain packed a stronger punch in East Bay communities as many communities cleared the one-inch hurdle with ease. Oakland saw a considerable amount of rain at 1.47 inches, while Walnut Creek was at 1.30. Other totals included 1.13 in Concord, 1.23 in Hayward, .96 in Hayward and 1.43 in Fremont. Most inland communities saw gusts of wind around 35 to 45 miles per hour, while they were as high as 65 to 75 mph in higher elevation areas.
Shower activity is starting to diminish slightly over the Bay Area. Heavier rain will continue over the Central Coast thru the early afternoon.
Getting lots of reports of flooding, washed out roads, mudslides, etc. Use extreme caution if travel is necessary this AM. #CAwx pic.twitter.com/WQqLpCam8k
— NWS Bay Area (@NWSBayArea) March 10, 2023
The heavy rains caused problems on roadways throughout the region as the NWS-issued flood watch remains in effect until Sunday. Highway 580 remained closed in both directions Friday morning in Oakland between 35th Avenue and High Street due to flooding, according to CalTrans. Highway 129 between Murphy Crossing to highway 101 in Santa Cruz County was closed Friday morning due to slides, as was highway 152 at Casserly Road.
TRAFFIC ALERTroadway closed on SR-129 between Murphy Crossing to US 101 due to slides. Please don’t drive through slides, it’s not safe.
Also keep in mind that SR-152 at Casserly Road is also closed due to slides. Please use alternate routes. pic.twitter.com/b4eHe7VtJD
— CHP Santa Cruz (@CHPscrz) March 10, 2023
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Source:: The Mercury News