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Weather service, county Emergency Services warn of gales, flooding

Rain, high winds may cause flooding, downed trees and wires

The National Weather Service has issued a hazardous weather warning for the San Francisco Bay Area until midnight Tuesday, and Santa Clara County officials are alerting the public to possible flooding as rains and wind pound the area Tuesday night.

The warning will last through 4:30 a.m. Wednesday for Santa Clara County and other Midpeninsula areas. A high-wind warning, high wind advisory and flash flooding are all in effect.

In some areas winds of 20 to 35 mph with local gusts over 45 mph in lower-elevation areas could cause downed trees and power lines and difficult driving conditions, particularly in coastal regions and areas around San Francisco Bay, including the North and East bay regions.

Santa Clara County's Fire Department and Office of Emergency Services are also advising residents to be on the alert for possible flooding on Tuesday night.

"Local creeks are flowing at rates not seen in several years and many reservoirs are at or near capacity. The ground is saturated and more rainfall will quickly run off contributing to trees falling, mud flowing and the potential for additional flooding," the agencies' officials said in a joint statement on Tuesday evening.

The departments advise the public to take the following steps to stay safe and keep informed:

Stay alert to changing conditions

-- Sign up with AlertSCC for the latest official emergency information. This system will allow you to receive timely notifications about emergency conditions.

Avoid flood water

-- Standing water may be contaminated with chemicals and other hazardous waste.

-- As little as 6 inches of fast-moving water can knock an adult over.

-- As little as 12 inches of fast-moving water can float a small vehicle.

-- If you encounter a flooded roadway or pedestrian path – TURN AROUND, DON’T DROWN.

Have a plan

-- If you must leave your home, ensure it is secured and have a predetermined meeting place for your family. Plan ahead so you know which important documents, prescriptions and other items you MUST take with you.

"Again, stay informed and be safe. We are coordinating with agencies across the county to keep you informed and respond to all weather-related events," the agencies said.

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