Santa Cruz Mountains Severe Watches & Warnings NOAA Weather Radio

Wind Advisory
Statement as of 2:15 PM PDT on October 24, 2014

...Wind Advisory in effect from 3 am to noon PDT Saturday...

The National Weather Service in the San Francisco Bay area has issued a Wind Advisory...which is in effect from 3 am to noon PDT Saturday.

A cold front will bring gusty south winds to mountain areas late tonight and Saturday morning.

* Timing: late tonight and Saturday morning

* winds: wind gusts to 45 mph are expected

* impacts: drought stressed trees could fall with these strong winds causing power outages and property damage. Be sure to secure loose items.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

A Wind Advisory means that winds in excess of 35 mph are expected. Winds this strong can make driving difficult...especially for high profile vehicles. Use extra caution.

Public Information Statement
Statement as of 11:07 am PDT on October 24, 2014

October 20th through 24th is California flood preparedness week! The National Weather Service forecast office for the San Francisco and Monterey Bay areas will feature a different educational topic each day during the preparedness week.

Today's topic: flood safety and flood information tools

Flooding is the leading cause of weather-related deaths in the U.S. Claiming on average nearly one hundred lives a year. Most of these deaths occur in motor vehicles when people attempt to drive through flooded roadways. Many other lives are lost when people walk into or near flood waters. This happens because people underestimate the force and power of water, especially when it is moving. The good news is these types of deaths and related injuries are preventable with the right knowledge.

Just six inches of fast-moving water can knock over an adult. And it only takes twelve to eighteen inches of flowing water to carry away most vehicles, including large suvs. If you come to an area that is covered with water, you will likely not know the depth of the water or the condition of the ground under the water. This is especially true at night when your vision is more limited. Play it smart, play it safe. Whether driving or walking, any time you come to a flooded Road, walkway, or path, follow this simple rule: turn around don?T drown. Turn around dont drown, tadd for short, is a NOAA National Weather Service Campaign used to educate people about The Hazards of walking, or driving a vehicle, through flood waters.

Here are a few more tips to keep you save during a flood: always plan ahead and know the risks before flooding happens. Monitor NOAA all-hazards radio, or your favorite news source, for vital weather-related information before, during, and after any disaster including flooding. If flooding is expected or is occurring, get to higher ground fast! Leave typical flood areas such as canyons, ditches, ravines, dips, or low spots. Avoid areas already flooded, especially if the water is flowing fast. Do not attempt to cross flowing streams. Turn around dont drown! Never drive through flooded roadways. Road beds may be washed out under murky flood waters. Turn around dont drown! Do not Camp or park your vehicle along streams and washes, particularly during threatening conditions. Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize flood dangers. Never cross any barriers that are put in place by emergency officials. Not only is this dangerous, but many states and communities have Laws against it and Levy steep fines and points against driving records for people that ignore barricades or other Road closure indicators. Always play it safe, turn around dont drown!

Flood information resources

NOAA nws: as mentioned in previous flood preparedness statements this week, the NWS website provides up to date advisory, watch, and warning information or the U.S. And its territories. But there is additional information on that Page you may not be aware of to help you before, during, and after a flood. Http://water.Weather.Gov/ahps2/index.Php?Wfo=mtr

American red cross: information on how to reduce potential flood damage and what to include in a family disaster plan can be obtained from the American Red Cross. Http://www.Redcross.Org/

Fema: information on flood risk, the National flood insurance program, and disaster assistance can be obtained from fema. Http://www.Fema.Gov

United States geological survey: information on current water conditions and resources can be obtained from the United States geological survey. Http://www.USGS.Gov/

U.S. Army corps of engineers: for information regarding dams, levees, and recreational water bodies near you contact the U.S. Army corps of engineers. Http://www.Usace.Army.Mil/

The National hydrologic warning Council... is a non-profit organization dedicated to assisting emergency and environmental management officials by providing expert advice on the use of real-time, high quality hydrologic information from automated remote data systems, with the goals of protecting lives, property, and the environment.

Http://www.Hydrologicwarning.Org/: additional key partners are the association of state floodplain managers, the National safety Council, the federal Alliance for safe homes, the weather channel and other media outlets, and many other government and private sector organizations. For more information on any of our partner, contact your local NWS office.

As we wrap up the 2014/2015 California flood preparedness week, remember, flooding causes more damage in the United States than any other weather r related event. Flooding can occur in any of the fifty states or U.S. Territories at anytime of the year sometimes with very little warning. Being prepared in advance and knowing a few flood safety tips will help you and your family survive a flood if it happens in your area. Know your risk. Turn around don?T drown. Evaluate your need for flood insurance. Visit with our partners to learn how they too can help you prepare. It could save your life.

For more information please contact your local NWS office or:

Mark strudley NWS weather forecast office, Monterey Monterey, CA 93943 mark.Strudley@noaa.Gov