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Storm Should Be a Whopper Tonight, Weather Service Says

Forecast shows gusts could bring down power lines and hit 60 mph overnight.

Winds were expected to whip up to 60 mph in the highest elevations of Marin County over Saturday night and Sunday morning, forecasters said, and first-responders were making preparations for possible downed trees and power outages.

“We’re getting geared up. We’re ready,” said Novato firefighter David Bodine.

Rain was expected Saturday with highs in the lower 50s and south winds from 15 to 20 mph. There was a chance of thunderstorms that might produce small hail, according to the National Weather Service.

At 1:58 p.m. Saturday, the service issued a high wind warning between 9 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. Sunday and said the strongest winds might topple trees and bring down power lines.

“Driving will be difficult and possible dangerous for motorists with high-profile vehicles or trailers,” the notice said.

Steady south gusts of about 20 mph are expected in the evening and should increase to 30 to 45 mph after midnight, the National Weather Service said. Rain and thunderstorms are expected to continue with lows in the upper 40s. Sunday's forecast included high winds with possible thunderstorms and highs in the mid-50s.

As of 4 p.m. Saturday, the 24-hour rainfall totals included 1.09 inches in Kentfield, .51 inches in Corte Madera, .66 inches at Point Reyes Station and .47 inches in Novato according to the Marin County Department of Public Works gauges.

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