Friday, January 4, 2008

Big Storm

Two dozen Sonoma roads closed or restricted

ABC North Bay sees first rain of storm

The false front and awning at Revolution 9, at 14 Bolinas Road crashed to the sidewalk on Friday January 4, 2008 in Fairfax, CA after a big winter storm moved through Northern California. (source)

Storm slams Sonoma County

Published: Thursday, Jan 3, 2008

The first wave of storms has hit Sonoma County, dropping almost 2 inches of rain so far today in some parts of the North Coast and cutting power to 400 homes.

Almost 2 inches of rain had fallen near Healdsburg, by 1 p.m., according to the National Weather Service. Guerneville has recorded 1.63 inches and Santa Rosa 0.93 inches.

Power was cut for about three hours to 400 homes in Cotati, Petaluma, Sebastopol and Bodega Bay this morning when a redwood limb fell on a power line.

PG&E crews replaced a wire and conductor and had power restored by 12:30, said Jana Schuering, a PG&E spokeswoman.

Despite widespread worry of the ferocity of the first major storm of the season, Sonoma County Emergency Services Coordinator Sandy Covall-Alves said storm-related emergency situations were unlikely.

“The emergency operation center is ready to go if we need it, but it’s not anticipated that we will,” she said. “The rivers are not forecast to flood. There will be a significant rise in them, but they will be significantly below flood stage.”

At Bodega Bay, Coast Coast Guard Seaman Jake Crafton said rain was falling and wind speeds were hitting about 25 knots.

Because no emergency systems have been activated, local agencies are not preparing more staff or offering such services as sandbags. Instead, authorities are urging residents to stock up on batteries, have emergency kits at home and drive carefully.

You can reach Staff Writer Laura Norton at 521-5220 or email at


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California storms knock out power, close ski resorts, fell trees
By SAMANTHA YOUNG Associated Press Writer 01/04/2008 01:14:19 AM PST
SACRAMENTO—A fierce arctic storm pounded California Friday with heavy rain, whipping winds and threats to drench mudslide-prone canyons already charred by wildfire.

Roads closed, power out as storm strikes
Napa Valley Register, CA - 1 hour agoIn Sonoma County, Highway 121 at Schellville, a main thoroughfare for Napa County residents commuting to Bay Area, is also closed due to flooding

Storm's fury causes power outages, downed trees, flooding
San Jose Mercury News, USA - 2 hours agoIn Napa and Sonoma Counties, 7000 households didn't have power. Hundreds more are in the dark in Alameda and Contra Costa counties.

63000 without power in Bay Area - 2 hours agoEarlier Friday, PG&E said 7200 customers in Sonoma and Napa counties and 6500 customers in Marin County were without power.

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