Crews, residents gearing up ahead of storm in North Bay

NOVATO, Calif. (KGO) -- Bay Area residents are preparing for the first storm of the season, which is expected to make its way through the area starting Thursday night.

The North Bay will be pounded first. Mill Valley city crews are working to clear out storm drains before the rain moves in.

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Meanwhile, PG&E has hired tree crews to make sure trees are trimmed up just in time in order to prevent accidents from happening. "We're doing that by examining and trimming up any branches that are getting close to our lines. We're also looking for any dead or dying branches and removing those so they don't fall into our lines," PG&E spokesperson Tamar Sarkissian said.

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Scott Mckinley lives just below the tree work in Mill Valley and loves the setting, but also has a healthy respect for what sick and dying trees can do when met with rain and wind. "There are a lot of Monterey Pines that aren't as sturdy as we all wish they would be and when the ground gets saturated and the winds blow some of these trees are rotted and they create a lot of risk for the homeowners," he said.

Watch the video player above for Laura Anthony's full story on how residents are preparing ahead of the storm.

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