SF Bay Area Filipinos brace for decade’s strongest storm

By Paul Henson, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

PACIFICA, Calif. – The worst storm to hit the San Francisco Bay Area made its presence felt harshly and very early.

The marina area in Pacifica was nearly deserted as the ocean lashed out with angry and violent waves.

Heavy rain pelted the area and visibility was very poor on the road.

Forecasters warned of high winds, hazardous seas, and gale which may last until Friday. They also warned residents of possible flash floods.

Along the road, downed trees and branches were evidence of the strong winds.

There was also some flooding in a few areas.

Highway patrols and fire trucks blocked off some roads to motorists, causing a massive build-up of traffic in other highways.

In Daly City, a Filipino restaurant was open, but customers were few because of the bad weather.

Restaurant staff said they had not seen this kind of rain in a long time, but are thankful that there’s still no flooding in their homes.

“Huwag na sila lumabas ng bahay kasi nakakatakot kung may liliparin katulad sa atin sa Pilipinas na may namatay,” said Fred Tanjueco of Pampanga Cuisine.

As the storm is expected to be sustained for 24 hours, people are advised to continue to be on alert for flash floods, debris and mudslides.


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