Bay Area crews preparing for first storm of season

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The season's first major storm is about to hit the Bay Area and crews are busy doing prep work in anticipation of downed trees and power lines.

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The North Bay will be pounded first. Mill Valley city crews are working to clear out storm drains on Thursday before Friday's rain moves in.

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They say you should be doing the same at your house.

"They need to just clean their gutters and around their house for any debris," maintenance worker Chuy Beltran said.

People need to think about their cars, too. Taxi driver Steve Kilonzo is paying close attention to his - from under the hood to the windshield wipers.

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"I am going to change the wipers and maybe check the tires later," he said.

Transit officials are being proactive at the Manzanita Park and Ride in Mill Valley. They already announced it will be closed Friday and all of next week.

Commuters say they'll have to adjust. "I'll probably leave earlier," one said.

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They're doing it to avoid their cars being flooded when the rains hit the low-lying area at high tide.

Amber Burke will park at another lot in Sausalito - one she doesn't like as much as this one. "This parking lot is great because there are so many spots but Spencer is a lot smaller, so it's unfortunate," Burke said.

They can't keep this lot from flooding, but workers do hope to keep the neighborhoods from getting too soggy.

They plan to clear at least two dozen storm drains on Thursday.

"It makes a huge difference because all the water flows normally, like it should flow, and doesn't cause any flooding," Beltran said.

The fire chief says the dry

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