Strong Winds, Storm Expected, Tree Causes Gas Leak in Menlo Park

Following some weekend rains, a second, stronger storm is forecast to arrive Monday night and Tuesday and bring in about a half an inch of rain to the Bay Area.

That system will be packed with gusty winds and heavier rain, according to the National Weather Service. Meteorologists say the heaviest part of the storm should hit between 2 a.m. and 3 a.m. Tuesday, but clear up in time for the morning commute.

Though an official cause had not yet been revealed, a tree fell in Menlo Park on Laurel Street early Monday morning, causing a gas leak, which PG&E fixed before 7:30 a.m. according to police.

Yet another round of rain and gusty winds is expected Wednesday and Thursday, when heavy rain is forecast for the Santa Cruz and Santa Lucia mountain ranges.

Friday might dry out, but Saturday is expected to be rainy again.

The rapid series of storms should bring two to three inches for most lowland locations. There could be double or even triple those totals in the coastal mountains where the low level jet will enhance rain rates as air is forced to rise up and over the hills. 

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