Flash Flood warnings issued for parts of Bay Area

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- As heavy rain pours down on the area where the Loma and Soberanes fires burned, a flash flood warning has been issued for southwestern Santa Clara County and northeastern Santa Cruz County. Residents should be on alert until 6 p.m. on Sunday according to the the National Weather Service.

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Rain rates of up to half an inch per hour, combined with debris flows in the areas of the burn scars, could pose a risk for flash flooding in Santa Clara and Monterey counties.

Rain will primarily be heavy in the Santa Cruz Mountains and the northern Santa Lucia Mountains on Sunday, NWS officials said. Lingering showers may persist tonight and possibly into Monday.

A coastal flood advisory is in effect for the coast from Sonoma County to Monterey County until 3 p.m. Monday. NWS officials have encouraged the public to avoid beaches, coastal rocks and jetties.

Sunday rain predictions include 1.49 inches of rain in Santa Cruz County, 0.84 inches in Sonoma County and 0.69 inches in San Mateo County.

On Treasure Island, the annual music festival, which goes on rain or shine, lost a lot of concert goers once the storm arrived. Festival organizers were forced to shut down access to the pier because of high wind on Saturday.

Medics rushed a woman to the hospital, after an ATM machine blew over and cut her leg.

Also on Saturday, southbound Highway 280, at the Junipero Serra on-ramp, a flooded roadway caused a car to stall. Others slowly inched by in a foot of standing water.

Heavy rain and clogged drains are to blame for many flooded streets Saturday. The storm also made for dangerous driving conditions.

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But before the rain there was wind and the damage it brought. In San Mateo, a large tree fell on some cable lines at El Camino Real and Bellevue on Saturday.

In San Francisco's Castro District a large branch from a tree fell on to a car near Duboce Avenue across the street from Sutter Health. No one was hurt.

Strong winds brought down Muni lines in Pacific Heights. It blocked service along Sacramento Street during the repair work. No one was hurt by the fallen lines.

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Wind and rain can create hazardous driving conditions. Drivers should reduce their speed, avoid sudden lane changes and maintain enough space around their vehicles in wet conditions, CHP officials said.

Bay City News contributed to this report.

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