Pinoy mayor braces for major storm in Bay Area

DALY CITY, Calif. – While the entire Bay Area has been issued a flash flood warning, Filipino-American Mayor Ray Buenaventura is taking extra precaution in protecting the residents of Daly City, one of the most heavily Filipino populated cities in the country.

Historically, the Bay Area has not seen massive destruction caused by weather calamities, but Mayor Buenaventura says it is better to be safe than sorry.

“We want to make sure residents know this has the potential for some real destruction and we just want to make them safe,” said Buenaventura.

In the past, Daly City residents were evacuated and much of their property was destroyed due to mudslides.

Buenaventura says flood prevention is his top priority and he is asking residents for their help.

“Make sure neighborhood storm drains are clear because that will help a lot for flooding,” advised the mayor. “If there are leaves, they could sweep up or just do the best they can.”

On the first morning of the two-day storm, some residents are already answering the mayor’s call.

Office manager Che Ellis was sweeping the garbage and debris out of the storm drain in front of her business.

“We just want to do our part to make sure everything flows freely and stays safe this rainy season,” said Ellis.

Other Daly City residents are not too worried about the storm.

“If it’s going to really get me nervous or scare me, the water level is going to have to be up to here,” said Briane Nuval, a 26-year Daly City resident. “But I’ve experienced big storms here in Daly City and it gets really wet out here, really loud, but it doesn’t cause panic.”

Still, this resident says his garage is well-reinforced and he already has his own precautions.

“Make sure you have charges for your phone ready,” said Nuval. “You could have a power outage. Anything else, get your food and water. It’s not a big earthquake or anything, at least that’s how I feel about it.”

The North Bay is expected to see three to five inches of rain compared to urban areas, while some coastal mountain areas could get up to eight inches of rain.

According to meteorologists, winds in the Bay Area will be gusting at more than 50 miles per hour in urban areas and up to 80 miles per hour in the mountains.

In coastal areas, residents are warned to expecting high surf with breakers exceeding 20 feet.

Thursday is projected where we will see the heaviest rainfall.

Daly City residents are advised to monitor the Daly City twitter @DalyCityGov for up to date storm information.

You can contact Rommel Conclara at rommel_conclara@abs-cbn.com and follow him on Twitter @rommelconclara for more information.

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