National Weather Service issues flood, wind advisories

National Weather Service issues flood, wind advisories
Rain began filling gutters along 23rd Street around noon today, with more rain and wind in the forecast for tonight. Photo/ Linda Hemmila

The National Weather Service has issued flood and wind warnings for much of the Bay Area today and tonight, including Richmond and the surrounding areas, as an "atmospheric River" rolls into the region.

The storm is expected to dump as much as an inch of rain between tonight and tomorrow, with much of the heavy rainfall expected late this afternoon and this evening. Winds from 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 50 mph are possible.

Residents are advised to take precautions by checking storm drains, charging devices, and having a flashlight handy.

Today's storm is the first of several expected in the next week, with another atmospheric river anticipated on Sunday, bringing the potential for local flooding.

Image/ National Weather Service

Free sandbags are available at the West County Detention Facility at 5555 Giant Highway in Richmond. However, you'll need to bring your shovel.

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