Authorities are warning that the pending storm scheduled to hit the Bay Area on Wednesday morning could cause some of the worst floods in recent years, disrupt local economies and even potentially cause loss of life.

The new weather pattern comes just days after San Francisco recorded 5.46 inches of rain on Saturday, the second-wettest day in 174 years. Local meteorologist Jan Null said Half Moon Bay recorded 3 inches of rain on New Year’s Eve, apparently the city’s 10-highest daily total since 1939, though the records are not totally complete, he said.

August Howell is a staff writer for the Review covering city government and public safety. Previously, he was the Review’s community, arts and sports reporter. He studied journalism at the University of Oregon.

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