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Batten Down the Hatches!

Strong storm brings heavy winds today, rain through Friday

A strong storm is landing in Alameda today. A high wind advisory and a flood watch from the National Weather Service are in effect through Thursday. NWS predicts rainfall and heavy winds all afternoon and evening with the potential for thunderstorms late tonight into Thursday. A total of two inches of rainfall is possible during the showers, which are expected to last until Friday.

Alameda Post - Storm squall over Alameda shown on weather radar
Weather radar from Alameda Post‘s weather page shows the first squall over Alameda shortly before noon on Wednesday, January 31.

Wind speeds of 16 to 23 mph and gusts as high as 45 mph are predicted for today, but the winds will drop off after sunset and during the following days as the rain continues.

The City of Alameda and the Alameda Fire Department issued a joint message on social media, warning residents of the potential of downed trees and power outages. The City is making five free sandbags available per resident at their self-serve station at 950 West Mall Square at Alameda Point. Alameda Municipal Power also posted that they would alert residents to any power outages via their website and Twitter/X account. To report a power outage in your area, call 510-748-3900.

Alameda Post - Sandbag station at City Hall West.
The City’s self-serve sandbag station at 950 W. Mall Square. Photo City of Alameda/Facebook.

City crews will be available to address flooding issues, including fallen trees and branches, broken traffic signals, and other hazards. Call 510-747-7900 (or 510-337-8340 after 6 p.m.) to report any maintenance needs. Alameda Fire Department will be on hand as well for other serious issues—dial 911 if you are experiencing an emergency.

Follow all the weather conditions and forecasts on Alameda Post’s Alameda Weather page.

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