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Powerful storms to pound Bay Area

Original post made on Jan 2, 2008

Three upcoming storms expected to bring high seas, heavy rain and strong winds have led the U.S. Coast Guard to issue a caution to local boaters who plan to sail in Bay Area waters this weekend.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, January 2, 2008, 4:14 PM

Comments (18)

Posted by Kate, a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jan 2, 2008 at 8:33 pm

Let us hope that THIS time the City of Palo Alto emergency preparedness staff and the PAPD and the PAFD read this item and the newspapers AND watch the TV weather news unlike New Year's Eve 2006!! Like that time, there has been enough warning to cities and public alike.

Posted by JIm, a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Jan 2, 2008 at 11:48 pm

Quick! We need to sand bag the city manager's house!

Posted by Resident, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 3, 2008 at 5:08 pm

What's the betting that some areas of PA will lose power because of downed power lines. Those that live with underground power are the only ones who can rest at ease knowing that they will have power all weekend. The rest of us will just have to wait and see.

Posted by Jarred, a resident of Midtown
on Jan 3, 2008 at 7:33 pm

There's still time for Mike to post that the overwhelming *weight* of scientific evidence shows that Global Warming is responsible for this storm, and (mis)quote Popper and Kuhn in the process. Hurry up Mike!

Posted by Kate, a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jan 3, 2008 at 10:03 pm

Could we hope that this topic will be a "Mike-free site"?

Posted by SkepticAl, a resident of Ventura
on Jan 4, 2008 at 8:42 am

I pity the reporters from KTVU who were sent out in the rain last night to report, for an extended 90 minutes, live, that it was, in fact, raining. Not one shot (that I saw in fast forward on Tivo, anyway) of any cool looking accidents, blocked storm drains, downed power lines, fallen trees, flooded streets, rushing rivers... just rain and wind. Breathtaking journalism!

Posted by Kate, a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jan 4, 2008 at 9:49 am

Not as bad as the hapless reporters who have to stand in a blizzard at Blue Canyon to tell us it is snowing!! Do the reporters 'draw straws' and the short one gets the rugged duty? The TV stations are overdoing the weather drama. The daily TV weather news is almost a 'sitcom' even in July in perfect weather with nuthn' going on.

Posted by clueless, a resident of Midtown
on Jan 4, 2008 at 11:48 am

Can anyone point me to a site that will give some information on which roads (in Palo Alto) are flooded or essentially flooded?

Posted by Matt, a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jan 4, 2008 at 12:01 pm

It's 12 noon, and the PA creek monitor is down now.

Web Link

Ugggg... The first time in 2-3 years this thing could actually help, it breaks.

Posted by Matt, a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jan 4, 2008 at 12:04 pm

Here's the correct link:

Web Link

Posted by clueless, a resident of Midtown
on Jan 4, 2008 at 12:20 pm

Thanks, Matt.

I'm just trying to learn if there is anything close to real-time info on the state of the roads...

I'll look into creek monitoring later; my house is not at risk of flooding. By the way, I'm seeing "Data Retrieval Error" "Error: Connection NOT established with node." on the creek monitoring site.

Posted by Marty, a resident of Midtown
on Jan 4, 2008 at 1:49 pm

Looks like it's working now...

Posted by Annette, a resident of Midtown
on Jan 4, 2008 at 3:36 pm

Yes this storm is serious....Palo Alto Neighborhoods (PAN) will kick off a city wide program for Emergency Preparedness. Please check with your neighborhood president/chair for more information. The PAN website ( a great site for static information on the program and emergency preparedness. Web Link

Posted by pat, a resident of Midtown
on Jan 4, 2008 at 5:16 pm

I guess it's expecting too much for the affected cities/counties to have taken steps to ameliorate flooding problems -- instead of sending out alerts and telling us to get sandbags.

I know Mother Nature can't be controlled, but is it going to take another serious flood for officials to stop talking and do something, with or without Federal funding?

Posted by Donald, a resident of South of Midtown
on Jan 4, 2008 at 5:22 pm

Is it too late to blame the mayor for anything and everything?

Posted by Wow, a resident of another community
on Jan 5, 2008 at 11:54 am

Yes, lets blame the mayor for the storms. good idea.

Posted by weather watcher, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 5, 2008 at 6:04 pm

The North Eastern and Central Atlantic coast get far worse storms that those found here in California:
Web Link

A nor'easter (also northeaster; see below) is a macro-scale storm along the East Coast of the United States. A nor'easter is so named because the winds in a nor'easter come from the northeast, especially in the coastal areas of the Northeastern United States and Atlantic Canada.

Nor'easters also can cause coastal flooding, coastal erosion, hurricane force winds, and heavy snow. Nor'easters can occur at any time of the year but are mostly known for their presence in the winter season.[1] Nor'easters can be devastating and damaging, especially in the winter months, when most damage and deaths are cold related, as nor'easters are known for bringing extremely cold air down from the Arctic air mass.

Even with the high winds in these winter storms California gets, there is not nearly the kinds of damage done that happens when a Nor'Easter blows into town on the East Coast.

Posted by Scott, a resident of Professorville
on Jan 5, 2008 at 7:57 pm

Quick it is time to raise the water rates!

We don't have enough money and all this rain is because Al Gore invented rain.

Save us, please, save us. I will pay more taxes just to be saved from the Republicans.

American needs a one party government. Vote DEMOCRATIC, it will save out water supply.

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