San Francisco blasted by strong winds 

click to enlarge Winds of up to 75 mph lashed The City on Sunday night and early Monday. At least a dozen trees fell over, including this Eucalyptus in Parkmerced. - MIKE KOOZMIN/THE S.F. EXAMINER
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  • Winds of up to 75 mph lashed The City on Sunday night and early Monday. At least a dozen trees fell over, including this Eucalyptus in Parkmerced.

It’s been a wildly windy few days across California.

Northern California was the first to feel the lashing blasts, which spread to the Sacramento and San Joaquin valleys then as far south as San Diego County.

In city, at least a dozen trees came down, police Officer John Tozzini told KGO-TV (Ch. 7), which reported that more than 20,000 utility customers lost power in the Bay Area.

The National Weather Service reported that winds gusted up to 75 mph in San Francisco late Sunday and into early Monday. That was not a record, however, as the weather service said San Francisco State University in 1995 recorded 85 mph winds and Angel Island had gusts up to 103 mph.

Reports of fallen trees started coming in around 3 a.m. Monday, said Public Works Department spokeswoman Rachel Gordon.

In the 700 block of Guerrero Street, a 30-foot tree fell onto cars, damaging several vehicles, but no injuries were reported, Gordon said. Another vehicle was damaged by fallen tree debris at 14th and Sanchez streets, she said.

And a roughly 80-foot-tall tree also fell overnight near 48th and Point Lobos avenues, according to Gordon.
The northwest-to-north winds also were punctuated with gusts topping 80 mph at some Southern California points, The Associated Press reported.

On the Bay Area coastline, the Coast Guard issued a high surf warning in effect until tonight.

But the massive rush of air also had an upside. California’s main power grid manager, the Independent System Operator, reported that turbines spinning within the ISO grid produced a record 4,196 megawatts at 6:44 p.m. Sunday. The previous record was 3,944 megawatts on March 3.

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