Preparing For The “Bomb Cyclone” Joining The Atmospheric River
Please stay safe. Here’s some tips to help.
STANDING WATER AND FLOODING:
Stranded drivers put an increased strain on first responders and divert them away from other incidents requiring life safety measures. Please be mindful and stay out of flood zones.
If you hit standing water and begin to hydroplane, immediately take your foot off the gas pedal and let your vehicle slow until you regain control. When driving in heavy storm conditions, give yourself plenty of extra time to get to your destination and maintain a safe distance between yourself and the vehicle in front of you. If your windshield wipers are on, your headlights MUST be on as well. Your best bet is to avoid driving altogether during the upcoming storm.
DOWNED POWER LINES:
Please stay at least 30 feet away from downed power lines and do not attempt to drive over them. Always assume they are energized and dangerous. Report downed lines to 911.
Be wary of trees falling. Because of the extreme saturation of the ground, root structures will be weakened, and trees could come down in a strong wind. When out walking or driving, be aware of your surroundings and watch for trees that are leaning. Similarly, be cautious when walking under trees, as high winds can also bring limbs down.
With heavy rain and strong winds in the forecast, it is possible that we could experience prolonged power outages. Residents are encouraged to make sure electronic devices are charged up in the event of an outage. Outage information will be available for viewing on PG&E’s outage map at www.pge.com/outage. When there is a power outage, signalized intersections will not work, and must be treated as stop signs.