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Powerful Storm Comes Ashore To Pound Bay Area

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A pedestrian holds an umbrella as he waits to cross the street in San Francisco. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

A pedestrian holds an umbrella as he waits to cross the street in San Francisco. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – The second in a series of storms is bringing heavy rain and flood warnings to much of Northern California.

The National Weather Service has issued a variety of warnings for heavy rain, snow, high winds and flash floods from the San Francisco Bay area to the Oregon border.

A flash flood watch went into effect at 7 p.m. in the coastal North Bay and mountainous areas, parts of the Monterey Bay area, the Peninsula and Santa Cruz Mountains because of several inches of rain expected to fall in those areas, according to the National Weather Service.

The watch is set to remain in place through Monday morning.

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Starting at 10 p.m. Thursday, a wind advisory went into effect for strong and gusty winds blowing through with the potential to knock down trees and power lines.

Along the coast, gusts could reach up to 50 mph. The advisory is expected to expire at 11 a.m. Friday.

A high surf advisory along the Bay Area coast will also be issued at 9 a.m. Friday and continue through 4 a.m. Saturday.

Swells are anticipated to reach up to 16 feet, and local beaches may experience rip currents and erosion from the strong waves and surf.

On Thursday afternoon, the California Highway Patrol issued a high wind advisory around 1:10 p.m. on the Golden Gate Bridge.

The CHP advises motorists use caution while crossing the span.

(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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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