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Fallen Trees, Power Outages Due to High Winds Across Bay Area

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More than 8,400 Bay Area electricity customers were still without power Monday morning, down from almost 65,000 who had lost power as a result of Sunday's powerful wind storm that saw gusts of up to 90 mph at some higher elevations in the North Bay and knocked down power lines and toppled trees throughout the region.

As of 6 a.m. Monday, about 5,660 East Bay power customers were still waiting for their power to be restored, along with about 2,136 in the South Bay, 445 on the Peninsula and 246 in the North Bay, according to PG&E.

And the National Weather Service said Sunday afternoon that a high wind advisory for most areas within the nine Bay Area counties will be in effect until 7 a.m. Monday.

On Sunday, hundreds of reports of downed power lines, trees blown down, blown-out windows, cancelled ferry runs and dangerous driving conditions over the Bay Area's big bridges kept PG&E crews and emergency responders hopping all day and into the night.

Despite some social media posts that warned of power shutoffs later Sunday, PG&E said no "public safety power shutoffs" are coming now, as conditions are neither hot enough or dry enough to prompt concern about fires.

PG&E has, however, activated its local emergency centers to facilitate local response to outages.

The only concentrated outage by that time was in the San Lorenzo/Hayward area in Alameda County.

Also happening all over the Bay Area Sunday were trees being blown down. El Camino Real in Belmont, Balboa Drive in Oakland's Montclair district and along Oakland's Skyline Boulevard; on Clarewood at Harbor Drive in Oakland's upper Rockridge area; as well as in Concord, Fremont, rural Santa Rosa and dozens of other locations.

There were also myriad reports of downed power lines all over the Bay Area Sunday, and also many reports of power outages affecting traffic signals. Oakland reported many intersections where the stoplights were out.

Windows were blown out by the gusts, as well, including one on the 41st floor of the Millennium Tower in San Francisco Sunday morning. San Francisco firefighters warned drivers and pedestrians to avoid the area near Fremont and Mission Streets because of the broken glass on the ground. No injuries were reported as a result of that window break.

The high winds affected maritime activities in the Bay Area Sunday, The Golden Gate Ferry between San Francisco, and Sausalito and Larkspur, was suspended for several hours Sunday, starting back up at about 4:30 p.m. And more than 300 flights coming into and out of San Francisco International Airport suffered through delays Sunday.

The danger presented by high winds prompted the East Bay Regional Park District to close until at least 8 a.m. Monday.

Roberts Park, Sibley Park, Huckleberry Botanical Regional Preserve and Reinhardt Redwood Regional Park, all in Oakland, Claremont Canyon Regional Preserve in Berkeley and Anthony Chabot Regional Park in Castro Valley were closed by 6 p.m. Sunday; the parks' normal curfew is 10 p.m.

These are the current numbers of people affected as of Monday 6 a.m.

  • San Francisco - 0
  • Peninsula - 445
  • North Bay - 246
  • East Bay - 5,660
  • South Bay - 2,136
Firefighters in Oakland said the high winds have knocked over about two dozen trees, smashing into cars and homes. Officials said they responded to two non-life-threatening injuries. Christie Smith reports.
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