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Storm Watch: Series of Storms Promises High Winds and Rain

A wind advisory for Santa Cruz County and the northern Monterey Bay begins at 4 a.m. Wednesday, with rain predicted to start just in time for the morning commute.

The National Weather Service has issued a Wind Advisory for Santa Cruz County and northern Monterey Bay, beginning at 4 a.m. until 11 a.m. on Wednesday.

The winter storm heads our way with the "first strong cold front of the season," which will bring winds strong enough to bring down weak trees and branches, and leading to possible power outages, according to the NWS.

"High winds and heavy rains are expected locally for the next several days," the Capitola Police Department said in a Nixle alert. "Be aware of changing weather conditions."

Capitola Police will provide sand bags at the police station should anyone need them in flooding conditions.

Southerly wind gusts from 45 to 55 mph are expected, and could reach up to 70 mph over ridges and along the coast.

The rain isn't predicted to start until around 6 or 7 a.m. on Wednesday. Showers are likely throughout the day.

Wind this strong can make driving difficult, warns the NWS, so be careful in your morning commute, especially if you're driving a "high profile" vehicle. (I think this means "tall".)

NOAA also warns that individual wave height will be twice the significant wave height.

This storm is the first storm in a "series of storms" headed straight for us, according to NOAA:

"A series of storms have lined up in the Pacific, all heading towards the Western U.S. coast. Heavy winds and rains are expected over the next week as these systems move inland. Up to a foot of precipitation is expected in Northern California."

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