Atmospheric river storm: Flash flood watch issued, Sunday could be wettest day in more than two years in Bay Area

RICHMOND, CA – OCTOBER 21: Rain clouds move across the San Francisco Bay seen from Richmond, Calif., on Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021. Powerful storms are expected to hit the Bay Area this weekend. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)

Highlighting a remarkable beginning to the winter rainy season, the National Weather Service on Friday issued a flash flood watch for parts of the greater Bay Area as a powerful storm continued to churn toward Northern California, bringing heavy rains and gusty winds to the region on Saturday night and Sunday.

The category 5 atmospheric river storm — the highest on a scale of 1

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Atmospheric river storm: Flash flood watch issued, Sunday could be wettest day in more than two years in Bay Area

RICHMOND, CA – OCTOBER 21: Rain clouds move across the San Francisco Bay seen from Richmond, Calif., on Thursday, Oct....