Warmer Ocean Temperatures Could Strengthen Bay Area Storm Before It Arrives

CBS San Francisco

MONTEREY (KPIX 5) – While a major storm won’t arrive for another day, officials with the National Weather Service said warmer ocean temperatures could make the storm stronger before it arrives.

At the National Weather Service in Monterey, computer models of the brewing Pacific storm are becoming clearer. A high wind warning has been issued.

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“Confidence is increasing, the speeds are looking pretty strong. We’re just discussing gusts of over 80 miles per hour in the mountains around the Bay Area,” said Logan Johnson of the National Weather Service.

Not just high winds, but inches of rain and the potential for power outages, mudslides, flooding.

“The combination of wind and rain, it’s been several years since we’ve seen something this strong headed our way,” Johnson said.

The warnings have been going out from this weather command center to public safety agencies in the Bay Area all day.

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