Un-batton the Hatches, but Keep the Rain Coat

Monday, Feb 23, 2009  |  Updated 8:20 AM PDT
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Un-batton the Hatches, but Keep the Rain Coat

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Keep that umbrella handy. This is going to be a wet week.

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The Bay Area will continue to see cloudy and moderately wet  weather through most of the week, especially in areas south of San Francisco, according  to a National Weather Service forecaster.

Rain was heaviest in the North Bay Sunday, with 2.36 inches of  moderate rainfall in San Rafael and around 4 inches of rain in the mountains in the North Bay.

San Francisco saw up to an inch of rain and Oakland experienced  1.22 inches of rain.

The focal point of the rain will now move from the North Bay, which has already experienced the worst of it, down to the Santa Cruz  and Monterey regions, which experienced 2 to 3 inches of rain over the weekend and through the Monday morning commute.

The flat lands and mountainous areas was expected to get 1.5 inches, with the coastal region from Big Sur and northern regions  also experiencing good amounts of rain.

Rainfall will turn to isolated and scattered showers throughout the week.

Locally gusty south winds are also expected through Monday.

The storm comes after parts of the Bay Area absorbed up to 11  inches of rain in some areas, causing easier runoff and also raising the  possibility of mudslides and sliding rocks, according to the weather service.

The National Weather Service canceled an urban and small  stream flood advisory for the Bay Area Monday morning because the heaviest rain  from a storm system has moved out of the region.

Heavy rain caused flooding of some roadways with poor drainage or  in low-lying spots.

There were also dozens of downed trees.

The advisory was issued at about 9:30 p.m. Sunday and was canceled at about 6 a.m. Monday.

One death is connected to the weekend storm.

A 49-year-old woman died Sunday morning after she was struck by a  falling tree in the Freestone area of unincorporated Sonoma County, according  to the Sonoma County Sheriff's Department.

The woman was walking on Freestone Flat Road when she was struck  by the tree at about 11:30 a.m., according to the sheriff's department.

The woman was taking a short walk before church and when she did  not return home, her boyfriend went looking for her and found that she had  been struck by the tree, according to the sheriff's department.

Sheriff's deputies, along with medical personnel, responded to the  scene, where the woman was declared dead.

The name of the victim has not been released pending notification  of next of kin, according to the sheriff's department.
 

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