Power outages were reported this morning in the Menlo Park area as residents braced for heavy rains this week.
Nearly 10 inches of rain are expected to fall throughout the Bay Area by the end of the week in a series of storms not normally seen in the region, a forecaster said Sunday.
A series of storms that began Saturday night and are anticipated to stretch into Friday will bring "moderate to heavy" rain and strong winds, National Weather Service forecaster Bob Benjamin said.
"One will lead right into the other, and each individual storm will be accompanied by periods of heavy rain and higher winds," he said.
"To have this progression, this number of systems, is not unheard of but it's not usual. If it progresses as anticipated, at the end, we will probably have to go back 10 years or more to find a system of equal rainfall and intensity," Benjamin said.
Residents should prepare for the rainfall and expect rivers and other bodies of water to rise, he said.
-- Bay City News Service contributed to this report.