The second of three storms cleared the Palo Alto area Friday afternoon but not before significantly flooding a portion of West Bayshore Road as well as East Bayshore near the City's Municipal Service Center due to the rising tide, the Palo Alto utilities department announced.
Strong winds coupled with heavy rains sent autumn leaves straight into storm drains, clogging them and causing flooding along numerous Palo Alto streets.
"We had a huge amount of wind and massive amounts of leaves. A lot got pushed into the storm drains," said Debra Katz, spokesperson for City of Palo Alto Utilities on Friday morning.
Katz noted that the city has been concentrating on making sure the city's creeks are clear, removing large logs and other debris. The heavy rains and wind are relatively early in the season and caught city workers by surprise, she said.
"Hopefully, they'll be able to clear them out before the next storm," she added.
Water in all city creeks remained below 50 percent of their capacity. There was no indication that any creeks would overflow Friday, the department stated.
No power outages were reported in Palo Alto due to the storm, which dropped 2.75 inches of rain as measured in Foothills Park.
The next storm is expected to reach the area on Saturday night and is predicted to be as least as substantial as Friday's downpour. The ground is now completely saturated, so more water is likely to run off on Saturday and Sunday than did on Friday, according to the department.
Gusts in Palo Alto may reach 25 mph.
The City of Palo Alto has live monitors on the city's creeks, which can be viewed at the city's website.