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Santa Cruz Mountains Endure Heavy Rains, Downed Trees

SAN JOSE (KPIX 5) – The entire Bay Area is drenched, but residents in the Santa Cruz Mountains are bracing for as much as six inches of rain. A flash flood warning is in effect in the area, according to the National Weather Service.

The wet weather barreled through the Santa Cruz Mountains Thursday afternoon bringing drenching rain, gusting wind and downed trees.

Santa Cruz Mountains resident Kyle Miller and his two kids were stranded in their vehicle temporarily while a PG&E crew worked to remove a tree that fell across the phone and power lines on the road to their home.

Thankfully, work crews were able to quickly reopen the road before Mother Nature's one-two punch of soaking rain and wind did any further damage.

Miller said, "I just picked my daughter up from the local school. It's a pretty big inconvenience. We're at the mercy of Mother Nature. But they're getting pretty antsy in the back."

He said, "Honestly, this is the first time I'm experiencing this. We moved to the area about three weeks ago and this is the first heavy rain. We live at the end of the road. There's only one way in and one way out. So, it's kind of an inconvenience when trees come down."

But there's still more rain to come. Rain is expected to continue falling into the night in the Santa Cruz Mountains.

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