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

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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