Heavy rain expected to retreat this afternoon

Raindrops should finally stop falling in San Francisco and the Peninsula today but not before storm-related power outages, road closures and even a couple 100-foot trees strewn across a highway wreaked havoc this past weekend.

Lingering light showers this morning should clear in the afternoon, said National Weather Service meteorologist Brian Tentinger. A light storm producing less than a half an inch of rain will come into the Bay Area on Tuesday night, but the week “should be pretty dry,” he said.

A lighter dosage of storms should bode well for Caltrans crews after five miles of nearby Highway 92 were closed for parts of Sunday when power lines and two 100-foot trees “fell across the road and laid there,” said Brian Molver, San Mateo County Office of Emergency Services duty officer.

The cypress tree and 45-foot-in-diameter eucalyptus tree fell around 9 a.m. Sunday near Pilarcitos Creek Road, closing the highway from Highway 1 in Half Moon Bay to Highway 35 at Skylawn Memorial Park until about 2 p.m., Caltrans spokeswoman Lauren Wonder said. A third tree in the area was in danger of falling and was cut down pre-emptively during the road closure, she said.

About 2,700 Pacific Gas and Electric Co. customers were without power across of the Bay Area on Sunday, a PG&E spokesperson said. As of 5:20 p.m. Sunday, 515 residents and business were without power on the Peninsula. Most of the outages started in the morning around 7:42 a.m. and were weather-related, spokesman J.D. Guidi said.

Roughly two-thirds of those powerless on the Peninsula were in Daly City, with outages stretching from Country Club Drive to the San Francisco city limits, and between Lake Merced Boulevard and Interstate 280. San Francisco residents were more fortunate: Only 10 outages were reported there Sunday.

mrosenberg@examiner.com

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