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Stormy Weather to Last Through the Weekend

U.S. Coast Guard advises boaters to exercise safe boating practices during the storm.

Rain will continue to pound the Bay Area throughout the weekend, a National Weather Service forecaster said Wednesday.

The rainfall and strong winds will continue through Sunday, and will subside early next week, meteorologist Diana Henderson said.

Wednesday's weather is representative of how the rest of the days will be, she adds.

"What you see is a harbinger of the days to come: wet, windy and a slight chance of thunderstorms," she said.

Henderson said winds of up to 50 mph are possible on the coast and in some areas of the East Bay today. Rain will persist all week and through the weekend, but the winds will die down, she said.

Temperatures are expected be in the lower 60s this week, Henderson said.

"It's going to be chilly and uncomfortable," Henderson said. "But this is not unusual weather for this time of year."

Henderson said there is little threat of local rivers and streams flooding today, but that flooding could be a concern by the end of the weekend.

In addition, the U.S. Coast Guard is urging the public to practice caution as high seas, strong winds and rain continue throughout the weekend.

Wind gusts as high as 49 mph are possible from the south and may create dangerous water conditions.

The U.S. Coast Guard recommends that individuals avoid going near low-lying beaches as well as into the water during storm conditions. Vessel owners and operators are urged to take extra precautions in anticipation of the forecast by addressing mooring safety and securing potential sources of marine pollution.

— Bay City News

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