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Flooding, closures, accidents vex commuters

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Tuesday morning’s downpour is wreaking havoc for morning commuters.

“There’s a lot of standing water on the freeways and problems with flooding and wrecks everywhere in the Bay Area,” California Highway Patrol Officer John Short.

The biggest mess for commuters remains in San Francisco, on both sides of the Highway 280 extension just south of Mariposa Street. CHP officials shut down the elevated stretch of freeway due to a flooding just before 6 a.m., along with the Sixth Street and King Street southbound onramps.

As of 7:15 a.m., an injury accident was being cleared on northbound 280 just north of Cesar Chavez Street, as well as non-injury wrecks eastbound on the Golden Gate Bridge just east of Treasure Island, Indiana Street at Cesar Chavez Street, northbound 280 just north of Highway 1 and northbound 101 just south of Oyster Point Boulevard.

Motorists have also reported flooding on the eastbound Geneva Avenue onramp to southbound 280, Short said.

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On the Peninsula, things are nearly just as bad.

A multi-car injury accident at 7 p.m. is still being cleared on northbound 280 just south of Skyline Boulevard near Woodside, Short said, after an earlier injury accident just north of Dore Avenue in San Mateo.

Motorists on both northbound and southbound 101 and 280 are experiencing localized flooding in some lanes.

The CHP has issued high wind warnings for the Bay Bridge, San Rafael-Richmond Bridge and Dumbarton Bridge.

“Slow down, especially if you’re driving a box truck or a big rig,” Short said.

None of the accidents appears to have caused major injuries, according to the CHP.


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