Strong Winds Hit Bay Area

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    NEWSLETTERS

    Strong winds hit across the Bay Area Tuesday, prompting warnings on bridges and making it tough for firefighters at a three-alarm blaze in San Francisco. Monte Francis reports. (Published Tuesday, Apr 22, 2014)

    Strong winds hit across the Bay Area Tuesday, prompting warnings on bridges and making it tough for firefighters at a three-alarm blaze in San Francisco.

    A three-story Victorian went up in flames in the afternoon in San Francisco's Duboce Triangle neighborhood. The wind fueled flames to spread quickly, officials said.

    A firefighter was injured in the blaze, which destroyed a home and damaged two others.

    Officials said wind gusts reached up to 40 mph in San Francisco and generated plenty of eco-friendly energy at the Crissy Field Center.

    The wind also caused branches to fall, even breaking the windshield of a car parked at Sansome and Chestnut streets.

    While the wind presented a challenge, some Bay Area residents welcomed the strong gusts.

    "Super exhilarating, and a fight," said Greg McKenney, a San Francisco kite surfer. "Cause you're fighting the current the whole time."

    View more in Monte Francis' video report above.