Rain, Runoff Ramp Up Flood Threats Along Bay Area Rivers

As rain continues to soak the waterlogged Bay Area Thursday morning, eyes remain glued to swelling rivers that have already or are predicted to surge above flood stage.

The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for the Guadalupe River area in San Jose and a flash flood watch for Ross Creek at Cherry Avenue. Residents living along the Guadalupe River between Willow Glen Way and Atlanta Avenue are encouraged to evacuate immediately.

The evacuation orders come as much of the Bay Area remains under a flash flood watch through Thursday morning as an atmospheric river storm continues to batter the region with heavy rain and damaging winds.

In the North Bay, rainfall soaked already saturated soil, causing rain and runoff to flow over numerous roadways, rivers to rise rapidly, and a mudslide to crash into a home in Sausalito.

Jeff’s Forecast: More Rain Thursday Keeps Flood Threat

[BAY] Jeff’s Forecast: More Rain Thursday Keeps Flood Threat

An areal flood warning has been issued until 7:45 a.m. Thursday for southeastern Sonoma County, according to the weather service. Santa Rosa, Petaluma and Rohnert Park are just some of the areas that could experience flooding as rain inundates the region.

“Do not attempt to cross flooded roadways!” the weather service warned.

On the nearby Napa River near St. Helena, a flood warning has been declared until 6:26 p.m. Thursday, the weather service reported. Areas along the river near Napa will be under a flood warning starting at 11 a.m.

Beginning 4 p.m. Thursday, a flood warning will be in place along the Russian River at Johnsons Beach near Guerneville, according to the weather service. The river is expected to cross above flood stage by Thursday afternoon.

Meanwhile, a high wind warning remains in effect until 10 a.m. Thursday for the spots along the coast and in the hills above 1,000 feet, according to the weather service. The Bay Area’s interior valleys will continue to be under a wind advisory until 10 a.m.

This post was originally posted at http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Rain-Runoff-Flood-Warnings-Bay-Area-Storm-505829541.html.

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