Rainstorms have been all too rare in the San Francisco Bay Area in the last three years. However, this winter has a different feel to it. We've had several days of rain in the last couple of weeks, and the thirsty hillsides are beginning to green up as new grass sprouts.
Now, we're hunkering down for a storm that is supposed to be the strongest since 2009. High winds, followed by heavy rains are expected in Marin and Sonoma Counties this evening, spreading south to San Francisco, then the Peninsula and Silicon Valley during the night. By morning, flooding, downed power lines and fallen trees are expected. Not to mention havoc on the roadways.
Schools will be closed in San Francisco on Thursday
Schools will be closed in Novato on Thursday and Friday
Sandbags are being made available to residents of San Carlos, and the coastal cities of Half Moon Bay and neighboring towns
- PG&E has crews standing by at the most vulnerable locations
- My hostess has just brought me a battery-powered lantern, a scene that is being played out in many locations
I am in West Marin at present, checked into a lovely old house in Inverness Park, the Abalone Inn. I'm here for an intensive business review and planning session, wrapping up and assessing 2014 (did I meet or exceed my various goals? what challenges did I face? what do I need to improve on in the year to come?)
I will set my large, overall business plan for 2015, and begin to flesh it out with details.
I will tackle one overdue project and see it through to completion - organizing and changing passwords to my various sites, both business and personal.
I have my salads and lasagna in the refrigerator; the microwave is across the room; the coffee pot is ready to go. And I'm ready to really concentrate and accomplish a lot this afternoon, this evening, into the night, and again tomorrow morning.
It is now 3:20 PM, the rains have just begun, earlier than expected. Let's hope the power remains on as the wind whips and sheets of rain come down.