A.M. Sacramento: Here’s what you need to know for Thursday

Maya Gurung, a 13-year River Park resident, cleans up leaves on her street in preparation for the storm Wednesday.
Maya Gurung, a 13-year River Park resident, cleans up leaves on her street in preparation for the storm Wednesday. rpench@sacbee.com

Good morning. Here’s what you need to know today:

Storm ahead: The much talked about storm arrived Thursday morning and is delivering strong winds. Gusts at 30 mph were reported at 5 a.m. at Sacramento’s Executive Airport. Branches are scattered across roads, forcing drivers to take evasive action. But, so far, the brunt of the storm has not arrived. Rain has been slight. Look for the combination of wind and rain to combine in a big way in the early afternoon.

▪ Prepare for the storm: Live chat replay with Sacbee’s weather, traffic experts

▪ Live blog: Updates, information for the big storm hitting Sacramento, Northern California

▪ Sacramento area closures due to storm

▪ Most Sacramento-area schools plan to stay open during storm

▪ Sierra Nevada erosion control crews shift course ahead of storm

▪ Send us your Sacramento-area storm photos, videos

▪ Sacramento utility warning: Expect power outages today

▪ Storm tips: How to prepare, what to do

▪ Prep notes: Plenty of basketball tournaments for fans hoping to avoid storm

▪ Possible storm conditions won’t postpone CIF NorCal football championships

Book of Dreams: Shopping trips, dubbed “Shop With a Cop” and made possible by Rocklin Public Safety Volunteers, pair Rocklin police with needy and deserving youths. The program also seeks to provide baskets containing holiday meals for low-income families. The Bee’s annual holiday effort helps people in need. Here’s how to make donations.

Grant funds misappropriated: A federal judge in Sacramento ruled that the California branch of one of the world’s largest Jewish religious organizations misappropriated homeland security grant funds and must pay $844,985 in damages and penalties.

Wanted: Tower climbers: The exploits of four young climbers who scaled the Tower Bridge and posted their derring-do on YouTube are under investigation.

Local sports today: NBA – Houston Rockets at Sacramento Kings, 7:30 p.m. (TNT, KHTK 1140, KAHI 950)

Men’s college basketball – Cal-State Fullerton at Sacramento State, 7:05 p.m. (KTKZ 1380)

NHL – Minnesota Wild at San Jose Sharks, 7:30 p.m. (CSNCA)