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San Francisco commuters caught the tail end of a weather system that dumped 1.17 inches of rain Tuesday morning, according to the National Weather Service.

The rain prompted reports of fallen trees and led authorities to close roads due to flooding. Crews were dispatched after a tree fell down onto Park Presidio and Geary boulevards, blocking one lane of traffic, according to San Francisco Public Works spokesperson Rachel Gordon.

Another tree also fell onto Sansome and Green streets, hitting several cars, she said. No injuries were reported, according to Gordon.

The Great Highway was closed due to flooding around 4 a.m. with no estimate of when it will be reopened, according to Gordon. The flood advisory that was issued in San Francisco has also been lifted, he said.

San Francisco has seen 12.5 inches of rain since Oct. 1, roughly 1.5 inches more than in previous years on the average, said Charles Bell of the weather service.

Although the increase is not particularly noteworthy, Bell said any extra rain is important after four years of dry weather.

“We are still in a very severe drought,” he said. “Right now we still have a lot of ground to make up to move to where we should be.”

San Francisco should see a few days of dry weather before rainfall is predicted to hit again late Thursday night, according to Bell.

“Anyone that has plans Friday morning should definitely look at the forecast because it will look fairly wet,” Bell said.

Wet weather also led to the closure of several city golf courses in San Francisco on Tuesday, according to Recreation and Park officials.

Lincoln Park, Golden Gate and Sharp Park golf courses were closed as a safety precaution because wet turf and high winds could potentially cause trees to fall. The closures were intended to be for one day only.

Sigmund Stern Grove at 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard was also briefly closed Tuesday but has since reopened.

Bay City News Service contributed to this report.

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