Updated: Feb 13, 2019
The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch and a Wind Advisory for Tuesday 10 p.m. to Thursday, 10 a.m. Heavy rain may impact commutes and travel, and winds may blow down trees and power lines, with power outages possible. Up to 1 to 2 inches of rain on Valley floor with 6 to 8 inches possible in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Wind gusts of 30 to 40 mph Tuesday evening into Wednesday with some areas reaching gusts of 40 to 50 mph.
Due to previous rain and snow the ground is saturated, so runoff and landslides may occur. Flash flooding can occur in areas where the ground is saturated and the Santa Clara Valley Water District advises that if floodwaters rise around your car, abandon the car and move to higher ground. A foot of water will float many vehicles. Two feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles, including SUVs and pick-ups.
High winds can lead to downed power lines and PG&E recommends that we assume downed power lines are energized and dangerous. Call 9-1-1 immediately to report the location of a downed line. After reporting the downed line, call PG&E at 1-800-743-5000.
Now is a good time to review emergency procedures and ensure that you have adequate supplies in case of a power outage. TIP: Be sure mobile and electronic devices are charged before the wind arrives.
Here are a few resources:
• Emergency Supply Kit: Building an emergency supply kit, which includes flashlights and batteries, is a good way to help be prepared for power outages:
• AlertSCC: To sign up for emergency alerts, visit the AlertSCC website at
• ReadySCC App: use mobile app to create a family disaster preparedness plan, build up emergency supplies and store vital emergency contacts and links to resources: https://www.sccgov.org/sites/oes/residents/Pages/ReadySCC.aspx
• Preparing for power outages, downed power lines:
• Valley Water's safety tips for before, during and after a flood:
• Sandbag distribution sites in Santa Clara County:
Be prepared and stay safe!