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Contact: John Dell'Osso, 415-464-5135
A very wet storm system will bring substantial rainfall, high surf, and high winds to the Point Reyes area beginning Wednesday night and through the day Thursday. Rain will likely be heavy at times, which will increase the risk of flooding roads and trails. Rainfall amounts are expected to range from 5 to 8 inches.
The National Weather Service has issued several alerts. A flash flood watch means that conditions may develop that lead to flooding local areas, a dangerous situation. Driving conditions may be very poor at times and everyone is asked to use extreme caution.
Additionally, higher than normal surf will likely produce hazardous conditions along the ocean facing beaches, such as Point Reyes Beach South, Point Reyes Beach North, Kehoe Beach, and McClures Beach. There will also be the likelihood for dangerous rip currents. Anyone travelling to or near beaches should be advised to stay far away from the surf line. Swimming or surfing in these conditions may be dangerous to anyone. Be sure to always have your eyes on the ocean.
Finally, a high wind watch is now in effect through Thursday evening. Winds of 25 to 35 mph, with local gusts along the coast to as high as 70 mph are predicted.
Downed and falling tree limbs and trees—due to the ground being saturated and strong winds—may cause very hazardous conditions along trails. Seashore visitor centers will have up-to-date trail conditions and any closures will be posted on our website (www.nps.gov/pore). Please be sure to listen to local news broadcasts for up to the minute conditions. In West Marin, KWMR at 90.5 FM is the local emergency broadcast radio station.