Saturday’s storm will bring rain, mudslides and power outages to the North Bay


NORTH BAY, Calif. (KGO) — Saturday’s storm slammed into the North Bay, bringing down trees, causing mudslides and mudslides, while causing flooding and power outages.

“The house shook a little bit, there was a big pop of live wires and lightning,” Gail Coppinger said.

Coppinger heard and saw his 150-foot-tall cypress tree fall onto Highway 1 Saturday morning, blocking the road and knocking out power to a wide swath of West Marin.

“Our power’s going to be out for a while, so I’m going into town to get some ice cream,” she said.

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Most of Point Reyes Station was dark for several hours, but the beef bakery found a way to stay open.

“My co-worker brought window lights from home and a generator for the cash register, so we ran the cash register,” says bakery worker Kathy Arndt.

The storm was severe with heavy rain and wind.

The intersection of Highways 12 and 121 in Sonoma is closed after the nearby river’s flow turned it into a raging river.

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Cal firefighters encountered a rock slide on Deer Park Road in Napa County.

And the landslide closed parts of Stage Gulch Road near Petaluma. CHP was telling drivers to slow down.

In Novato, Armstrong Avenue is flooded.

A resident of Roland Fuette got stuck while trying to cross.

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“The car was so wet that it stalled, the engine stopped, and I couldn’t get it to start again,” Fuett said.

Large trees have fallen in Sonoma County, blocking roads near Sebastopol and Occidental. In Mill Valley, a large tree fell blocking Marion Avenue.

Early experts say that after the rain stops, floods and landslides may continue.

“Any flow increases the flow of water. It’s always a concern 24 hours after a heavy rain like ours,” said Marin County Fire Battalion Chief Todd Overshiner.

The bright side of all the January storms? Lots of waterfalls and a few rainbows.

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