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Bay Area To See Series Of Storms This Week

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People walk with umbrellas on Market St. in San Francisco. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

People walk with umbrellas on Market St. in San Francisco. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — Rainy days are in store for Bay Area residents as a series of storms are expected to pass through the region this week.

Periods of heavy rain and strong winds are expected as storms sweep through the area “one on the heels of the other,” National Weather Service forecaster Diana Henderson said.

Henderson said parts of the North Bay may receive more rain than the rest of the region, “but when all is said and done, everybody’s going to get wet.”

With heavy rains come slippery road conditions, and authorities are reminding drivers to use caution.

“Slow down,” Henderson warned. “St. Peter can wait.”

>>CBS 5 Weather Center: Conditions & Forecast

The San Francisco Department of Public Works is preparing for the rain by clearing out catch basins to avoid flooding.

Department officials are asking residents to help by sweeping leaves and debris to prevent localized flooding.

Public works crews will also be offering free sandbags at the department’s Operations Yard at 2323 Cesar Chavez St. The bags will be available today through Friday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

There is a limit of 10 bags per household and proof of residency is required, city officials said.

Further information about how to prepare for heavy rains can be found at www.sfdpw.org.

(Copyright 2012 by CBS San Francisco and Bay City News Service. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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