FREMONT, CA – Fremont residents dream of a drought-free existence after atmospheric rivers and a bomb storm erupted in the city, inundating yards, flooding streets, uprooting trees and causing landslides on roads through the East Bay hills.
Wednesday and Thursday’s storms howled in more than two dozen Bay Area locations with winds exceeding hurricane force — 72 mph.
As the rain showers move away from the area, we have a little time to review last night’s peak wind gusts. The “winner” is Pablo Point in the mountains of Marin County, recording a 101 mph gust! #CAwx pic.twitter.com/yhvoKxhaHF
— NWS Bay Area 🌉 (@NWSBayArea) January 5, 2023
Several East Bay roads were temporarily impassable due to flooding or landslides. Caltrans and City and County Public Works workers are vacating them as soon as possible, but some roads will take months to repair.
Redwood Road in the East Bay was eroded. (Photo courtesy of Alameda County)
And PG&E is working around the clock to restore power. Nearly 100,000 customers were without power Wednesday night, but that number has dropped dramatically.
Meanwhile, snow is accumulating in the Sierra Nevada mountains, giving hope that we will finally break out of the drought this year.
Friday’s forecast is for cool, dry weather. According to the Accuweather forecast, wet forecasts return on Saturday and strengthen on Sunday.
In fact, rain is expected on seven of the next nine days. And the National Weather Service’s long-term forecast predicts a low chance of heavy rain through Jan. 19.
Updated 5 January 2023: Dangerous winds, snow and rain forecast over west coast, potentially exacerbating risk of flooding https://t.co/sCH1Wj5ZuT pic.twitter.com/LCUr24l9hl
— NWS Climate Prediction Center (@NWSCPC) January 5, 2023
Friday is your chance to get more sandbags, check your house and yard for damage, and run to the grocery store.
Before the last storm, the NWS reminded us to pack a “go bag” in case of evacuation orders; have insurance documents at hand; have extra supplies on hand so you don’t have to go out in the rain; stock up on medicines and pet supplies; and be prepared for power outages.