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Freak Hail Storm, Gusty Winds Surprise Bay Area Residents

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    Residents all around the East Bay experienced extreme winds on Sunday, causing trees to crash on powerlines, homes and cars. Christie Smith reports. (Published Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016)

    Hail and rain slammed the Bay Area Sunday, bringing with it gusty winds, high surfs and light rain that may continue through Monday.

    A wind advisory was issued until Monday, with warnings of gusts approaching 45 mph. Damage to trees and scattered power outages might last through the morning commute, though the day should open up to some cool temps in the upper 50s with slightly less windy conditions.

    In Redwood City, the Ceballes family had a close scare when a tree came crashing down near their garage just minutes after the family had gone inside.

    "Me and my husband and my stepson were underneath the tarps in our driveway. I mean, it could have come down a little bit before and it would have hit all three of us," said Sandra Ceballes.

    "It's a bummer, because my brother is handicapped so he literally has to go under the tree to get into the house," Ceballes added.

    On Sunday, the windy weather hit San Francisco especially hard, bringing at least two trees crashing down. 

    One of the downed trees briefly blocked traffic today in San Francisco's West Portal neighborhood.
    At about 3 p.m., firefighters responded to a report that a tree had fallen was blocking two lanes in the 1500 block of Portola Drive, according to fire officials.

    With the help from the city's Department of Public Works, firefighters were able to quickly clear the tree by about 3:15 p.m.

    Meanwhile, over in Livermore, snow mixed with rain fell on the hilly areas. The white-capped hills are likely to linger into Monday morning as wind speeds accelerate over Sunday night.

    In Pleasant Hill and other parts of the East Bay, heavy hail storms shocked unsuspecting residents.

    Hail the size of pees slammed down on cars and homes, leading many to take pictures of the rare wintry occurrence.
     

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