San Francisco Bay Area preparing for huge storm

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The Bay Area is gearing up for what could be the worst storm in years.

A storm with destructive potential is coming to the Bay Area tonight and through tomorrow. Crews have been working non-stop to prepare for all the problems expected to result.

Winds in the Bay Area will be gusting at more than 50 miles per hour in urban areas and 70-80 miles per hour in the mountains and hills means.

This could easily be the storm of the decade and preps are being made across the Bay Area to step-in if needed. Marin County is getting set to activate its emergency operations center and make reverse 911 calls to homeowners if needed. In Mill Valley, they've put up this huge sign telling folks to be ready for the storm. Over in Tiburon, sandbags are in place at the Cove Shopping Center.

San Francisco's Emergency Operations Center is on alert to respond to any major storm-related issues. Crews will be out again today clearing catch basins across the city. The mayor is also asking people to clear away leaves and debris that may clog storm drains.

The Coast Guard is also advising the public to use extreme caution if you are on or around the water. Strong winds are expected to churn up some dangerous waves. Boat owners are also being asked to secure their vessels, because many break free during big storms.

For the city of Santa Cruz, the incoming storm is just more of a good thing. After last week's rain, the city lifted its water restrictions, which are some of the state's stiffest. Officials say they want to show mandatory rationing will only be imposed when it's absolutely necessary which is not the case right now.

The fact we knew this storm was coming is giving everyone plenty of time to prepare. That means all hands on deck at the Governor's Office of Emergency Services in Sacramento with coordinators communicating with the national weather service and local agencies. One of those agencies is the Red Cross. They're now encouraging us to use this early warning wisely.

The Red Cross also recommends preparing a personal emergency kit with water, flashlights, batteries, and medicines.

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