Streams rising, roads flooded, thousands without power

Streams rising, roads flooded, thousands without power

8:15 am: Gravenstein Union becomes the latest school to close doors due to weather Thursday

School closures grew by one Thursday morning.

About 8 a.m., the Sonoma County Office of Education released an updated list of schools closed Thursday. They are:

  • Fort Ross Elementary District
  • Gravenstein Union School District
  • Guerneville School District
  • Harmony Union School District
  • Horicon School District
  • Kashia School District
  • Monte Rio Union School District
  • Montgomery Elementary District
  • Twin Hills Union School District
  • West Side Union Elementary District
  • West Sonoma County Union High School District
  • Credo High School
  • Pathways Charter (open for distance learning)
  • REACH Charter

7:40 am: Local authorities continue to monitor rising waters, some of which are already affecting roadways

Local roads are littered with debris and experience flooding and puddling of water.

In Petaluma, the westbound lane of Lakeville Highway just east of Browns Lane is flooding Thursday morning, according to a news release from the Petaluma Police Department.

As of 7:40 am, eastbound Lakeville Highway near Frates Road, which had been closed earlier Thursday morning due to flooding, is open.

There is also minor flooding on Browns Lane and on Ely Boulevard South, south of Frates Road.

Petaluma city officials are anticipating more flooding throughout the day as local streams continue to rise.

No heavy flooding or weather-related injuries were reported overnight.

In Sebastopol, Lynch Road between Gravenstein Highway South and McFarlane Avenue is closed due to downed trees, according to the Sebastopol Police Department.

Wednesday night, drivers were diverted from Bodega Avenue between Pleasant Hill Road and Golden Ridge Avenue for the same reason.

As of 6 a.m., the Rohnert Park Expressway between Stony Point Road and Rancho Verde Circle is reopened, according to a release from the Rohnert Park Department of Public Safety.

However, the road may close again later this morning due to flooding.

Multiple agencies cautioned against driving through standing water because it can be deeper than it appears.

7:30 am: Lighter flooding forecast on Russian River

Forecasters have substantially revised their projections for the Russian River’s rise in Guerneville and now say the river is more likely to rise just four feet or so above flood stage by early Mondayrather than eight.

That could mean a huge relief to residents and business owners along the lower reaches of the river, many of which are now more likely to be spared damage if projections hold true.

The river also is not expected to reach flood stage until Sunday afternoon, as opposed to late Thursday, according to the latest projections from the California Nevada River Forecast Center operated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

New rain forecast for late Friday and Saturday appears poised to raise the river steadily Saturday and Sunday, reaching flood stage of 32 feet around 2 pm Sunday and cresting at 36.1 feet around 4 am Monday.

It previously had been projected to reach 39.7 feet by Monday.

Thousands of residents along the river and its tributaries between Healdsburg and Jenner below the 40-foot level are under an evacuation warning instructing them to be prepared to evacuate if conditions warrant it.

The latest forecast was issued at 7:22 am Thursday.

7 am: Track the storm

Track the storm using the real-time radar map below:

6 a.m.: A look at 24-hour rain totals, wind gusts across Sonoma County

From Wednesday at 4 am to Thursday at 4 am, Santa Rosa received 1.87 inches of rain, Petaluma received 1.97 inches, Healdsburg saw 2.13 inches and Cloverdale got 3.05 inches, according to a tweet from the National Weather Service’s Monterey office early Thursday. Petaluma saw wind speeds up to 42 mph and Santa Rosa saw 39 mph winds.

This story will be updated.

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