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Residents advised to prepare for strong storm system

Residents are urged to prepare for a strong storm system headed to the Bay Area this weekend, according to local advisories, including from the city of Menlo Park and the towns of Atherton, Portola Valley and Woodside.

A wind advisory was issued for Saturday, Jan. 7, between 4 a.m. and 1 p.m. Sustained winds could range from 25 to 35 miles per hour, with gusts up to 40 miles per hour.

A flash flood watch is in effect from Saturday afternoon to Sunday evening. The Santa Cruz Mountains are expected to bear the brunt of the storm, with 10 to 12 inches of rain anticipated.

Menlo Park is expected to receive 1 to 1.5 inches of rain each day on Saturday and Sunday.

Here are links to storm-preparation advisories from:

Atherton

Woodside

Portola Valley

Flooding along the San Francisquito Creek is most likely to happen during the high tides over the weekend: on Saturday, Jan. 7, at 7:53 a.m. and 8:40 p.m., and Sunday, Jan. 8, at 8:45 a.m. and 9:51 p.m. Tides could reach as high as 9 feet on Sunday morning.

Precautions

To prepare your home for the storm, residents are advised to clear debris from gutters and drains, secure loose outdoor objects, and lay out sandbags.

Sandbags can be picked up at three locations in Menlo Park:

• Alma Street and Burgess Drive

• Laurel Avenue and Pope Street

• Fire Station 77 (1467 Chilco St.)

Sandbags filled with sand will be available while supplies last. Otherwise, sand and bags will be available at the above locations, but people will need to bring shovels and fill the sandbags themselves.

Drivers are cautioned to drive slowly, with extra caution to account for flooding or debris obstructing the road.

More suggestions can be found on the Menlo Park city website.

In case of emergency

To report street flooding or obstructions, call the city at (650) 330-6300.

To report downed power lines, the smell of natural gas, or another emergency, call 911 or PG&E at (800) PGE-5000 for customer service and (800) PGE-5002 in case of a power outage.

Go to the National Weather Service website for the latest storm reports.

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