High Winds Throughout Bay Area Causing Bridge Warnings, Power Outages, Downed Trees

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    A Danville family was startled when a Redwood tree came smashing down directly on the bedroom of a 3-year-old girl. No one was hurt, but several other weather-related incidents have been reported around the Bay Area. Marianne Favro has more. (Published Monday, Oct 28, 2013)

    High winds triggered Sunday night wind advisories on bridges and causing power outages and knocked-down trees around the Bay Area.

    Most notably was a big rig that was pushed off the Altamont Pass near Livermore, a tree that fell into a home in Antioch and the siding from the new Forever 21 store in Emeryville, which is set to open to the public Nov. 8,  that was ripped off.

    High Winds Causing Problems Across Bay Area

    [BAY] High Winds Causing Problems Across Bay Area
    Gusty winds have hit the Bay Area Sunday night and are already causing problems, including power outages, bridge warnings, and downed trees. NBC Bay Area Meteorologist Rob Mayeda has your full forecast. (Published Sunday, Oct 27, 2013)

    Wind advisories were issued on Sunday for the Bay Bridge and the Benicia-Martinez Bridge in Contra Costa County, according to the California Highway Patrol. Drivers are being advised to use caution.

    Elsewhere in the Bay Area, winds  caused power outages in areas including Vallejo and Treasure Island in San Francisco.

    PHOTOS: Windy Weather Wreaks Havoc

    In San Francisco, city Public Works officials are reporting a number of calls for downed trees at locations including Van Ness Avenue and Pine Street, Valencia and 20th streets and Third and 20th streets.

    Windy Monday Forecast

    [BAY] Windy Monday Forecast
    Strong gusty winds will kick things off on Monday especially near the hills and coast through 11am. Gusts to 45-60mph are possible above 2,000 ft. with gusts nearing 45mph+ at SFO and coastline. This coupled with low cloud cover will likely lead to delays at SFO and possibly the usual sand over the Great Highway that happens anytime the coastal winds get into the 25-30 mph range. Wind advisory for the Bay Area is up through 3am.Showers chances will increase as lift increases into Monday though this system will be setting up over the Sierra so moisture may be somewhat limited at times as winds begin to increase more out of the north especially into the North Bay models are suggesting a more westerly component to the winds over the Santa Cruz mountains and South Bay which may add little extra moisture to warrant the .05 to .15 rain totals the computer models suggest for areas south of SF into Monday night.SIERRA Chain controls seem likely at times Monday as snow levels near 5,000 ft and drop closer to 4,000-5,000 ft. at times by Monday evening. Snow totals in the 6 -12 range appear possible over the Sierra for elevations above 6,000 ft. However totals may be limited due to the inland track of this system bigger snow producers will need more moisture to work with so not likely to see feet of snow but still even this amount would be the biggest of the Fall for the SierraShower chances should end by Tuesday, but continued cool and breezy as winds turn northerly setting us up for a potential frosty night in the inland North Bay and East Bay valleys for Wednesday morning for wind protected areas as dewpoints will likely drop into the upper 20s and low 30s which will be the temp range lows will drop to in our wind protected valleys.Halloween looks like ghostly clear skies though cooling quickly post-sundown with the drier air in place for Thursday evening. Rob Mayeda (Published Monday, Oct 28, 2013)

    The National Weather Service is forecasting blustery conditions with westerly winds of 15 to 25 mph this evening to continue through early Monday. Gusts of up to 35 mph are possible, according to the forecast.

    The strongest winds will be felt Sunday  night near the coast and on the eastern slopes of mountain ranges. Areas above 2000 feet could see gusts of up to 45 mph for a few hours tonight, according to weather service officials.

    All customers in Vallejo have had their power restored this evening after a downed tree knocked out a power line, according to a PG&E spokeswoman.

    The outages, which occurred around 7 p.m., affected around 5500 customers in north-central Vallejo, in an area bordered by state Highway 37, Fairgrounds Drive, Redwood Parkway and Broadway, spokeswoman Jana Morris said.

    The outage is one of several caused by high winds around the Bay Area tonight. Around 2,300 customers lost power around 8:15 p.m. in Danville, more than 3000 are without power in Antioch and around 700 are affected in Pleasanton, according to PG&E.
         
    Power has been restored on San Francisco's Treasure Island after an outage caused by high winds, a a San Francisco Public Utilities Commission spokeswoman said tonight.

    Work crews have restored power to island residents but are still working to repair a downed power line, SFPUC spokeswoman Betsy Rhodes said.