Tornado-Like Waterspouts, Lightning, Gale-Force Winds And Severe Thunderstorm Warning For Northern California Waters
The National Weather Service issued a “special marine warning” as a fast-moving band of severe thunderstorms moved offshore, creating conditions that could span waterspouts — tornadoes over the ocean– along with frequent lightning, gale-force winds and large swells capable of overturning small vessels.
A big storm with strong winds and torrential downpours is rapidly approaching the Bay Area, giving residents a reason to dust off the rain boots — if they’re lucky enough to find any locally.
Workers are using crowbars to loosen rocks that could crash down during heavy rains or runoff Thursday and Friday.
Sustained winds at or near hurricane strength in the highest elevations with gusts exceeding 100 miles per hour across the Sierra summit are forecast for Thursday, with Bay Area winds easily gusting past 50 miles per hour in urban areas and 70-80 miles per hour in the local mountains and hills in what could be the storm of the decade.
The same winds bringing the monsoonal moisture causing atypical summer weather in the Bay Area are also causing a phenomenon along the coast – making the water warmer.
The National Weather Service said rain and snow should begin falling on Wednesday and continue through Sunday. Wind gusts could reach as high as 70 mph in coastal areas.
A red flag warning has been extended until Monday morning for Marin County and the East Bay hills.