A line of thunderstorms and showers is moving toward the Central Coast and the San Francisco Bay Area Thursday morning, according to the National Weather Service Localized heavy rainfall and gusty winds are possible in all of the nine Bay Area counties.
Thunderstorms and lightning rolled through the Santa Rosa area earlier Thursday morning.
PG&E spokeswoman Jana Morris said 1,439 customers lost power in the west Santa Rosa areas of Fulton, Marlow roads and West Steele and McBride lanes and nine customers were without power in the Bloomfield Road area of southwest Sebastopol.
Power is expected to be restored by 6:30 p.m. and residents should consider any downed wires as live, Morris said.
Meteorologist Dan Gudgel said the unsettled weather will linger over the region until the early evening.
Gudgel said the Memorial Day weekend will be clear and the next chance of showers will be the middle of next week.
He said May rainfall is infrequent but not that unusual and only seems so because of the last three drought years when winters were abnormally short and summers were longer.
He said the El Nino effect has had some influence on the late spring rains.