Storm Advisory Hits Marin

With a dry winter, towns prepare for first heavy rains of the year.

A low pressure trough is approaching the coast, and the associated cold front will bring rain, wind and cold air. Rain is expected to continue on and off through the week and into next week.  

Parts of the North Bay could get up to five inches of rain with the first round on Tuesday and Wednesday and coastal areas could get up to 45 mph winds. A short wind advisary may be necessary.  

Thursday and Friday will experience another round of precipitation, along with the possibilty of 35 mph winds. Residents should prepare for the likelihood of heavy rain, high tides, winds, power outages and possible local urban and small stream flooding.

As always, sandbags are available for residents by the tennis courts at and by the Pavilion in Fairfax. Town staff are also working to clear storm drains and keep the creek capacity uninhibited. You can check the height of the creek on the Ross Valley Fire Department's website.

Residents Should Prepare By:

  • Monitoring TV, radio and the internet for up to date weather reports to stay current with local conditions.
  • Having a ready supply of batteries, flashlights and a transistor radio. Residents that have electric stoves may consider purchasing a camp stove, and residents with gas stoves should keep matches on hand. 
  • Buying an old-fashioned telephone with a cord.
  • Residents with wood burning stoves or fireplaces should stock enough wood to last 4-5 days.
  • Residents living near creeks or in flood zones should monitor water levels and stock up on sand and sandbags.
  • Prepare to check on neighbors who may need help during a storm.

Remember that in the event of a large natural disaster, you . 


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