Great Highway Remains Closed After Sandstorm

By Lisa Fernandez
|  Tuesday, Apr 9, 2013  |  Updated 6:53 AM PDT
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The National Weather Service has issued a severe weather alert because of the high winds slamming into the Bay Area on Monday. Cheryl Hurd reports.

The National Weather Service has issued a severe weather alert because of the high winds slamming into the Bay Area on Monday. Cheryl Hurd reports.

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Severe Weather Alert: Gusty Winds, Downed Power Lines

The National Weather Service has issued a severe weather alert because of the high winds slamming into the Bay Area on Monday. Bob Redell reports.
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A portion of the Great Highway in San Francisco remained closed on Tuesday after a windy sandstorm kicked up sand and dumped it onto the roadway a day earlier.

Crews spent all day Monday trying to remove the sand from thie highway and didn't have an estimate when they would reopen the road. Gusts reached up to 75 mph in areas such as Point Reyes and 50 to 60 mph in San Francisco.

PHOTOS: Gusty winds, downed power lines around the Bay Area

The winds also caused downed power lines in La Honda and temporarily closed state Route 84 in San Mateo county. In the East Bay, high winds toppled trees, and crush a pickup truck in Pleasant Hill. Plants were ripped from pots in Pacheo outside a restaurant. And in San Jose, another tree fell down on a vehicle near Tully Road.

 Do you have photos or video of damage done by these gusty winds? Email them to us at isee@nbcbayarea.com or upload them here.

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