Forecasters Issue Red Flag Warning for Parts of Bay Area

Lighting, thunder storms and showers began in the Tri-Cities around 8 p.m. Friday

Bay City News Service - The National Weather Service has issued red flag warnings for parts of the Bay Area in response to thunderstorms.

A warning was issued for the North Bay hills Friday afternoon and at around 7 p.m. authorities extended the warning to include the East Bay Hills, the Diablo Range, along with parts of Monterey, Santa Clara and San Benito counties.

A red flag warning indicates that critical fire weather conditions are happening or are imminent in the area. The warning is in effect until 5 p.m. Saturday.

The warnings were issued in response to thunderstorms that are moving into the Bay Area from the northeast, National Weather Service spokeswoman Diana Henderson said.

As of about 8 p.m., the thunderstorms were passing through Antioch, Pleasanton and Livermore, and heading toward Fremont, Henderson said.

Henderson said dry lightening could ignite wildfires and residents are urged to be watchful and are reminded not to set campfires and be cautious when discarding cigarette butts.

"It's volatile out there," she said.

Al September 13, 2011 at 03:38 AM
Hello Patch! Question... The night of the crazy T-storm there was a crazy chaotic 10 min or so of UCPD cars being scrambled near my house by Jean, Deborah, and those streets. I remember I was driving going toward Union Landing and several cars rushed passed me and Sgt.'s SUV almost ran into me it was going so fast. What happened? That kind of response seems to only happen with gunfire or something that dangerous? You may have written an article maybe I missed it??? It was around 9-10 pm
Zoneil Maharaj September 13, 2011 at 05:36 AM
I didn't hear anything about it but I'll check on it. Thanks, Al!
Angela September 13, 2011 at 03:21 PM
The West end of Newark by Don Edwards power went down at 9pm. Lightening hit a transformer pole and fried all the underground lines. We were out of power until 1pm on Saturday afternoon. Maybe it had something to do with that. Probably a line down in the street.
Al September 14, 2011 at 01:42 AM
Thanks Zoneil that area near my house has been getting a lot of action which is scary! ...Angela, that's unfortunate. But I have a feeling it was more of a response to crime based on the response of the units and they way they scrambled. I've seen that all too often when something REALLY bad goes down and people are misbehaving.


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