Strong Winds Hit Bay Area

By Monte Francis
|  Wednesday, Apr 23, 2014  |  Updated 6:53 AM PDT
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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.

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.

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.

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