Wednesday’s torrents will supposedly be the worst of the storm that started earlier this week, according to the Examiner, which also reports that yesterday’s winds ranged between 45 and 25 mph and knocked out “100 miles of PG&E power lines and about 200 poles.”

The article also tells us that SF Public Utilities Commission is testing runoff from its waste water plants, which is probably a good idea considering this blogger’s report on our combined waste and stormwater system.

Today does come with a high surf warning from the National Weather Service. Rains should be lighter over the weekend and resume today’s steady pace on Monday. According to the National Weather Service, chance of rain will lessen as Wednesday comes and goes.

Travelers are advised that flights will be delayed up to 90 minutes today at SFO due to continued rain. Furthermore, both southbound lanes of the Great Highway near Sloat Boulevard have been closed until summer due to erosion. An alternate road has been at the ready since ’03, and the route is still passable, so we may have to disagree with a Chronicle commenter who says, “I guess it’s now the Mediocre Highway.”

And yes folks, this is an El Nio. The Chron gives us the expert opinion of Dave Reynolds, forecaster for the National Weather Service, who says, “This is now a pattern reminiscent of a moderate to strong El Nio, and it’s not going to go away.” He adds that this weather will likely continue through spring.

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