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Bay Area Soaked as Rain Returns

"I thought it was a bomb," a San Mateo woman said of lightning hitting her tree, and "1,000 pieces went up in the sky."

Rain returned to the Bay Area on Monday, bringing along lightning, thunder and lots of wet roadways. Lightning strikes peppered the Peninsula and San Jose while flooding cropped up in San Francisco and Half Moon Bay. Jeff Ranieri, Robert Handa and Jodi Hernandez report. (Published Monday, Nov. 9, 2015)

Rain returned to the Bay Area on Monday, bringing along lightning, thunder and lots of wet roadways.

Lightning strikes peppered the Peninsula and San Jose. Flooding cropped up in San Francisco at Cesar Chavez near Interstate Highway 280, as well as parts of Half Moon Bay. Parts of Highway 1 in Pescadero were shut down because of ponding on the roads.

In this photo provided by Charles Hall, lightning strikes over the Golden Gate Bridge as a storm moves in to San Francisco, Monday, Nov. 9, 2015. A storm system moving across California is bringing cool, wet weather to the low lands and snow in the Sierra Nevada mountains.
Photo credit: Charles Hall via AP

In San Mateo, lightning blew up a tree in Simone Nguyen's backyard, just as she was taking her dog out.

"Oh my God," she said. "I thought it was a bomb." She said the lightning hit her tree and "1,000 pieces went up in the sky."

In San Jose, a lightning bolt struck a palm tree in the CVS parking lot at Berryessa and Capitol avenues, starting it on fire.

The heavy rain lasted through most of the morning hours. Under mainly cloudy skies, highs will be chilly with upper 50s at the coastline to lower 60s inland.

"I love, love, love, these types of storms," Karen Embry wrote on NBC Bay Area's Facebook page while at work in Santa Clara. "I went outside and just enjoyed the rain. Got lightnjng and thunder!! Reminds me of living in Massachusetts!!"

Lightning bolt struck a palm tree, sparking a fire in the CVS parking lot at Berryessa and Capitol avenues in San Jose, Monday, Nov. 9, 2015.
Photo credit: Leah Rondeau

PG&E said there were no major power outages related to the storm. As of 10 a.m., about 880 PG&E customers in the Bay Area were without power as a result of the storm, mostly in the South Bay and on the Peninsula, the utility reported.

The rain had mostly moved out of the North Bay and was passing toward the Santa Cruz Mountains as of mid-morning, according to the National Weather Service. Showers will continue throughout the day in the Bay Area, tapering off into the evening.

Small hail was reported in the Santa Cruz and Santa Cruz Mountains area.

Tuesday is expected to be clear and cool, with temperatures dipping into the 30s in some inland valley areas Tuesday and Wednesday nights.

'I Thought it Was a Bomb': Lightning Hits Tree in San Mateo'I Thought it Was a Bomb': Lightning Hits Tree in San Mateo

Rain returned to the Bay Area on Monday, bringing along lightning, thunder and lots of wet roadways. Robert Handa reports.
(Published Monday, Nov. 9, 2015)

Bay City News contributed information to this report.

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