The imminent winter storm in San Rafael, forecasted from the 14 to the 17 of November, has local residents fearing for potential rain and gusty winds. In its Winter Storm Advisory – November 2023, the City outlines expected conditions with the heaviest impact between Tuesday and Wednesday, per the City of San Rafael.
Besides the anticipated rain and wind, flash floods, landslides, and washouts in steep terrain areas also pose a risk. Recommended precautions include driving cautiously in heavy rain, using headlights, and maintaining safe distances between vehicles. Residents are also encouraged to take prepared measures including emergency supplies and contact information.
The Winter Storm Advisory outlines how to handle emergency issues such as downed trees, blocked storm drains, or power losses. Non-emergencies like partially blocked drains or debris can be reported to the Public Works main line. To mitigate flooding impacts, the City is distributing sandbags and sand to residents on a first-come, first-serve basis.
During storms, power losses and downed power lines are not unlikely. PG&E precautions include maintaining a safe distance from downed lines, keeping electronic devices fully charged, and having a reserve of nonperishable food and water.
Local residents are urged to continually stay informed by signing up for local emergency alerts like Nixle and AlertMarin. Additionally, social media platforms, for example, Twitter, following local public agencies such as the San Rafael DPW, PD, and Fire Department, will have updated information.