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March 30, 2023

Flash-flood, high-wind advisories issued for coming storm

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch and a high wind warning for the Hollister area starting Tuesday night and lasting into Thursday.

According to the forecast for the Hollister and San Juan Bautista areas:

The National Weather Service in San Francisco has issued a:

* Flash Flood Watch for a portion of northern California…
 Including the following locations: The entire San Francisco Bay
 Area and Central Coast except for the hills of San Benito
 County and the East Bay Valleys.

* From 10 PM Tuesday evening to 10 AM Thursday morning

* An atmospheric river with origins near Hawaii will take aim at
 the San Francisco Bay Area and Central Coast Wednesday through
 Thursday morning. Rainfall rates of at least half an inch per
 hour are possible during the heaviest showers, with the highest
 rates in the higher terrain. Recent rainfall has saturated
 soils across the area, and the additional heavy rainfall will
 create the potential for widespread shallow landslides,
 rockslides, and debris flows. Periods of heavy rainfall will
 likely inundate storm drains with rapid rises on small creeks
 and streams.

* The Wednesday morning commute will be adversely impacted with
 flooding roadways and ponding of water expected. Periods of
 heavy rain are also possible during the Wednesday afternoon and
 Thursday morning commutes.

* Expect rapid rises on flood-prone creeks, streams, and rivers

High Wind Watch

The National Weather Service in San Francisco has issued a High
Wind Watch, which is in effect from Tuesday evening through
Thursday morning.

* WINDS…Sustained south to southeast 25 to 35 mph with gusts 45
 to 65 mph. Peak winds gusts over the most wind prone locations
 over higher terrain and along the coast could exceed 70 mph.

* TIMING…10pm Tuesday evening through 10am Thursday morning. The
 strongest winds are anticipated through Wednesday morning and
 early afternoon.

* IMPACTS…Damaging winds will blow down trees and power lines.
 Widespread power outages are possible. Travel will be
 difficult, especially for high profile vehicles.

With the storms, the City of Hollister offers free sandbags for local residents at the public works yard, Fire Station No. 2 and the Hollister Airport.