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Posted on: February 1, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Strong Winds in Effect Tuesday, February 1 thru Thursday, February 3rd

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Strong Winds in effect from Tuesday, February 1, 12:00 AM PST until Thursday, February 3, 10:00 AM PST. North winds 20 to 30 mph with gusts to 45-60 mph expected. Valley/Coast winds 15 to 25 mph. Gusts of 30 to 45 mph are possible.


* WHAT...North winds 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 55 mph expected. Wind gusts of 55 to 65 mph with isolated gusts in excess of 65 mph expected in the highest peaks and ridges.

* WHERE...North Bay, East Bay, Santa Cruz Mountains and San Francisco Peninsula Coast.

* WHEN...From 3 AM Tuesday to 9 AM PST Thursday.

* IMPACTS...Gusty winds could blow around unsecured objects. Tree limbs could be blown down and a few power outages may result.


PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

- Use extra caution when driving, especially if operating a high profile vehicle. 

- Secure outdoor objects. 

- Residents are advised of possible downed trees and power lines. 


With a National Weather Service warning in place for high winds coming this week, Marin County Fire Department Chief Jason Weber has temporarily suspended open burning within the county borders. Residents are asked to refrain from pile burning until after the anticipated wind event.

"We are suspending open burning because of the predicted high wind warning, fuel conditions, and the lack of recent precipitation," Weber said. “This directive will remain in effect until the National Weather Service suspends the warning, which we anticipate will be at 9 a.m. Thursday, February 3."

During the wind event:

  •  Open burning, including agricultural burning and controlled burning for fire fuels reduction, is suspended. Residents are asked to discontinue plans for any outdoor burning in fire pits or wood-burning stoves during the wind event. 
  •  Peak wind gusts of 65 mph to 95 mph are possible on the lee side of higher ridges and peaks, especially near traditionally windy locations.
  •  Damaging winds will blow down trees and power lines. Widespread power outages are expected. Travel will be difficult, especially for high-profile vehicles.
  •  People should avoid being outside in forested areas and around trees and branches.

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Power Outages/Downed Power Lines

Residents are advised of possible downed trees and power lines. Report downed power lines by calling 9-1-1 and PGE at 1-800-743-5002. Stay away from the downed powerlines and assume they are energized and dangerous. 

  • Check to make sure you have batteries, fully charged back-up battery packs for your devices, and a battery powered radio.
  • Recharge your laptop computer, cell phone, and other mobile devices as a precaution against a power outage.
  • Have flashlights with extra batteries for every household member.
  • Freeze water bottles or bags of water for food storage if the power goes out.
  • Have enough nonperishable food and water.
  • Make sure you can open your garage door if the power goes out.

If the power goes out:

  • Do not call 9-1-1 unless you are having a life-threatening emergency.
  • Call (800) 743-5002 or check the PG&E Outage Map for updates. 
  • Monitor local news for information and updates - local AM radio stations are a good source of information.

If you see a downed power line call 911 immediately. For more safety information about downed power lines visit PG&E's website.


The latest weather forecast, visit: https://www.weather.gov/mtr/

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