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Bay Area Hit by 2nd Wet, Windy Storm



    Team Coverage: Weekend Storm to Continue Monday Morning

    Stormy weather ripped through the Bay Area Sunday, downing trees, causing power outages and flight delays. NBC Bay Area's Christie Smith and Marianne Favro have been chasing storm damage and flooding all day long. But first, Meteorologist Rob Mayeda explains how long the storm will last. (Published Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015)

    Northern California was lashed by a second wet and windy storm with the potential to take down trees and power lines on Sunday, days after a similar system moved through the region--though it appeared to do far less damage than a similar system two days earlier..

    Thunderstorms and wind gusts of 45 miles per hour were forecast for the San Francisco Bay Area, where the storm was expected to drop as much as 3 inches of rain in coastal hills before moving out Monday afternoon.

    The worst of the wind and rain was over for the San Francisco Bay Area by the early afternoon, though scattered showers were expected through Monday morning, said National Weather Service forecaster Austin Cross.

    "This storm has less rain and is also moving through a bit quicker than we saw on Friday,'' Cross said. "That's helping it from getting too severe.''

    Team Coverage: Bay Area Hit by 2nd Wet, Windy Storm

    [BAY] Team Coverage: Bay Area Hit by 2nd Wet, Windy Storm
    A second Bay Area storm has hit. NBC Bay Area is covering everything from the flooded roads to dozens of delays and cancellations at Bay Area airports because of the storm. Meteorologist Rob Mayeda has your full forecast, Christie Smith reports on airport delays, Marianne Favro reports on flooding on 101 near Menlo Park, and Nannette Miranda reports on dangerous driving conditions.
    (Published Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015)

    At San Francisco International Airport, officials said 116 flights were canceled as of 9 p.m. The Federal Aviation Administration was reporting arrival delays of as much as 2 hours.

    Friday's storm led to the cancellation of 175 flights at the airport and delays of up to 90 minutes. It also knocked out power to more than 111,000 people in the Bay Area, almost all of whom had their power restored by Sunday morning. The storm dropped about three-quarters of an inch of rain on San Francisco — a welcome change after six dry weeks.

    As of 7:30 p.m. Sunday, 50 San Francisco customers, 1,000 customers on the Peninsula, 600 in the North Bay, 550 in the East Bay, and 600  South Bay customers were without power, according to PG&E.

    In Redwood City, the only lights one neighborhood could see were car headlights. Streets and homes were in the dark after power went out early Sunday evening.

    "I came home about an hour ago and everything was dead, but its been windy and gusty for the last hour and a half here," Redwood City resident Dave Marcan said.

    There were also reports of downed trees and some localized flooding.

    Near Emerald Hills, the wind blew hard against trees. Leon Shirman said he will use his iPad because it has power. His house does not.

    "I went out, and I came back and it's still out, so I checked the website--first it said 2 a.m. and now it says 6 a.m.," Shirman said.

    Trees in Hillsborough gave way to the storm.

    "This was a failure, there was a lot of saturation in the soil, probably had a slight lean to it over the driveway," Timberline Tree Service spokesman Steve Willett said. "That was enough to have the roots fail. And what happened then it crashed on this nice set of gates here."

    They first cut it back to make sure it was off any lines. Willett said they have responded to 22 tree calls Sunday.

    "It's been a very very busy day for us," Willett said. "It didn’t start until right around 10:30 or 11 o' clock, and that’s when we saw the front moved in and a lot of wind that followed."

    More Rain on the Way Sunday, Crews Prepare

    [BAY] More Rain on the Way Sunday, Crews Prepare
    More rain is on the way, but this brief break in the storms has given people a chance to clean up some of the damage left behind. We have team coverage. NBC Bay Area Meteorologist Rob Mayeda has your full forecast, and Christie Smith discusses the cleanup and storm preparations.
    (Published Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015)

    Another huge tree came down on a house in Sunnyvale. No injuries were reported there.

    Also on the Peninsula, flooding has caused traffic on southbound U.S. Highway 101 just north of Marsh Road in San Mateo County Sunday afternoon, according to the California Highway Patrol.

    Officers were notified of water flooding all southbound lanes north of Marsh Road around 11:30 a.m., CHP officials said.

    At about noon, traffic was backed up for 2 miles just north of Henderson Avenue in Menlo Park, according to the CHP. A Sig-alert was issued at 12:07 p.m.

    And in Oakland, the slick roads kept the California Highway Patrol busy, responding to spinouts and accidents.

    "You better be careful, be safe out there man," Jermone Johnson of Oakland said. "It's crazy out there, floods everywhere and all that.”

    And in the South Bay, motorists on Highway 17 had to veer around a mudslide.

    The storm was far from a drought-buster, however, particularly as it stayed warm and didn't bring much snow to the Sierra. Snow is more important than rain because snowpack supplies about a third of the water needed by residents, agriculture and industry.

    The storm dropped between 10 to 15 inches of snow at higher elevations of the Northern Sierra, according to the National Weather Service. Sunday's storm system was also expected to be warm, bringing as much as another 14 inches of snow.

    Pacific Gas & Electric Co. said it had brought in crews from Oregon, Washington and Arizona to prepare for the storm.

    A wind advisory has been extended until 4 a.m. Monday morning, according to NBC Bay Area Meteorologist Rob Mayeda.

    Bay City News contributed to this report.

    Bay Area Gets Break Before Next Storm System

    [BAY] Bay Area Gets Break Before Next Storm System
    Northern California got a break Saturday from a wet and windy storm that downed trees and power lines, ripped through freeway and street signs and led to dozens of flight cancellations at San Francisco's airport. Bob Redell reports.
    (Published Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015)
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