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Third major storm moving into Northern California

December 2, 2012
By JOHN S. MARSHALL , THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

SAN FRANCISCO - Another major storm moving into Northern California was expected to bring more pouring rain, flooding and additional problems to an area already soaked after two major storms, forecasters said Saturday.

Residents of Northern California enjoyed just a bit of a respite, but the next storm - the third in a string of powerful weather systems to hit the region since Wednesday - is expected to force several rivers over their banks after it arrives Saturday evening, National Weather Service forecasters said.

With rivers and streams already running high and the ground saturated from the previous storms, the National Weather Service issued flood warnings early Saturday for both the Napa and Russian rivers, two rivers north of San Francisco with a history of flooding, National Weather Service hydrologist Mark Strudley said.

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A large eucalyptus tree crushed the 1994 Southwind motor home of Scott and Jennifer Miller on Lynch Road, Friday, in Sebastopol, Calif. The second in a series of storms slammed Northern California on Friday as heavy rain and strong winds knocked out power, tied up traffic and caused flooding along some stretches.

"Some roads will become inundated and some of the agricultural areas will take on some water," Strudley said.

The Napa River was expected to flood near St. Helena and Napa around noon on Sunday, while the Russian River was expected to flood near Guerneville early Monday morning, Strudley said.

 
 

 

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