Severe Weather Hits the Bay Area

Severe weather hits the area which could get worse overnight.


- Oakland Airport has resumed operatins.

- Oakland Airport has also suspended operations.


Severe weather rolled into the Bay Area tonight just after 8:00 p.m. PDT.

The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Northern San Mateo County which expired at 8:45 p.m.  

This included the cities of South San Francisco, San Bruno, Pacifica, Millbrae, Daly City and Burlingame.

The photo of hail on the right was sent to us from Will Smith of Pacifica. (click for larger) Scroll down for more images and comments from people witnessing the storm.

At 8:09 p.m. PDT, the national Weather Service doppler radar indicated a severe thunderstorm capable of producing quarter size hail. This storm was located near El Ganada, or seven miles southwest of Pacifica, and moving northeast at 25 mph.

The storm weakened but was still capable of producing large hail and damaging winds.

Light rain was reported in Oakland, and SOMA, around 8:22 p.m.

At approximately 8:47 p.m. thunder and lightening was reported in San Francsico, and around 9:00 p.m. heavy rain was reported in Santa Rosa.

Several power outages were reported, including 2000 in San Francisco without power and 1,700 in Concord.

The FAA instituded a ground delay program due ot the severe weather. It is scheduled to end at 2:00 a.m. Delays up to 2.5 hours are expected. 61 flights have been cancelled.

At least one United flight was hit by lightning and had to return to SFO.

Just after 9:00 p.m. NBC Bay Area Meteorologist Rob Mayeda said the storm was slowly moving south, over Tri-Valley, Hayward, Fremont, San Mateo, Mountain View, and moving into San Jose before 11:00 p.m.

Thunderstorms are expected to continue well past midnight and the Bay Area will likely see more isolated showers throughout the day Friday.

The California Highway Patrol has issued high wind advisories for the Golden Gate Bridge and the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge. The CHP is urging motorists to use caution.

(Photo at above via David Jones, Front thumbnail via Tom Robinson)

Stay tuned for updates.

Follow the radar on NBC Bay Area

Rain as it falls on Folsom and 17th in San Francisco.

Rain and Lightning in San Francisco

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