The Bay Area saw plenty of rain Tuesday and Wednesday, and now it looks like residents will need to brace themselves for some serious wind.
Wind gusts between 45 and 50 miles per hour are expected across much of the Bay Area Thursday night.
A high wind advisory was issued Thursday and will be in effect until 10 a.m. Friday morning.
Winds will increase by early Thursday evening and continue through Friday morning affecting commuters traveling on bridges and possibly creating hazards from fallen trees and downed power lines.
The high winds will affect most of the Bay Area with some exceptions on the East Bay shoreline and the Santa Clara Valley. In some areas, the warning will be in effect longer.
The North Bay is likely to be impacted by high winds until 10 p.m. Friday, while the warning in the Delta region is extended until 7 p.m.
Several arborists are already preparing.
“The combination of rain and wind is really a recipe for trees to topple over,” said Tad Jacobs owner of Treemasters.
San Rafael’s Lucas Valley is known for being one of the windier spots in the Bay Area and that’s exactly where Jacobs and his crew were cutting back a number of trees on one residential property Wednesday afternoon, ahead of the wind advisory. Jacobs says another big problem with a wind storm during the fall season is a lot of the leaves haven’t dropped.
“It just hasn’t gotten cold enough yet,” said Jacobs. “Because they haven’t lost their leaves from their canopy, they’ve got a full sail they’re going to catch all this wind that is coming through tonight.”
PG&E says its vegetation crews are out cutting back trees near power lines, but a spokeswoman for PG&E says crews are out almost every day anyways doing vegetation management.
Drivers are advised to exercise caution, especially people behind the wheel of vehicles with high profiles.