Heavy rain causes power outages, minor flooding in Bay Area

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Power outages and some minor flooding hit the Bay Area as heavy rain and wind descended on the region Friday during the dark hours of morning.

As of 8:45 a.m., about 400 residences and businesses in San Francisco were without power, Pacific Gas & Electric Co. spokeswoman Fiona Chan said.

Around 2,800 PG&E customers lacked power on the Peninsula; 260 in the North Bay; 190 in the East Bay and 430 in the South Bay, Chan said.

The rain caused minor flooding regionwide. In San Francisco, the southbound lanes of the Great Highway was shut down between Sloat Boulevard and Lincoln Avenue due to excess water on the roadway, Department of Public Works spokeswoman Gloria Chan said.

Excessive wind that reached 40 mph in some parts of The City caused some damage. A tree fell atop a car on Sunnydale Avenue and Hahn Street overnight. A tree branch came down in the area of Buchanan and Bush streets, she said. DPW has removed the tree materials.

The storm caused a few minor traffic accidents, though the highways were relatively tame during rush hour, according to a dispatcher with the California Highway Patrol.

With the all the hype about the weather, drivers might have been convinced to stay off the roads Friday, the dispatcher said.

“We’ve weeded out most of the people who really don’t know how to drive in the rain,” he said.

The heavy rain was set to be replaced by colder, showery weather Friday afternoon. The cold front could bring snow to the Bay Area mountaintops — and there’s a slight chance of snowflakes at sea-level in San Francisco, according to the National Weather Service.

maldax@sfexaminer.com

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