San Francisco spring showers bring chaos; more rain to come

Residents throughout the Bay Area felt nature’s wrath as Thursday’s storm drenched the region and knocked out power for thousands of people.

Those seeking refuge indoors from buckling trees and flooded roadways couldn’t escape the fury as up to 5,000 PG&E customers lost power. At one point, about 500 customers in San Francisco were without electricity.

On top of the power outages and heavy rain, tree branches and utility poles fell amid Thursday’s storm.

In Pacifica — which was one of the worst-hit Peninsula cities in terms of power outages — a stretch of state Highway 1 was closed because of a downed utility pole. Cables stretched across the roadway blocked traffic in both directions until 2 p.m.  

There were scattered reports of flooded intersections in The City. And the Department of Public Works received multiple calls about fallen trees damaging cars, spokeswoman Gloria Chan said.

“The ground is very saturated because a lot of water is coming down in a short amount of time,” she said, citing last weekend’s storm. “We have our tree crews out in full force.”

Gusts up to 50 mph prompted wind advisories on the Bay and the San Mateo bridges, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Locals can expect scattered showers throughout today, with another storm tonight through Saturday morning, National Weather Service forecaster Dwayne Dykema said. Though tonight’s showers aren’t expected to be as strong as Thursday’s, The City can expect about an inch to an inch and a half of rain by tonight.

Forecasters anticipate a possible break Saturday afternoon, with storms resuming Saturday night through Sunday night, Dykema said. He also expects an inch to 2 inches of weekend rain. Winds around 30 mph are expected through the weekend, Dykema said.  

“Beginning next week, we should start to dry out,” he said.

Lights out

At the height of Thursday’s storm, thousands were without power.

San Francisco: 500

Peninsula: 1,200 (most impacted areas: Pacifica, Pescadero, Loma Mar, La Honda)

North Bay: 2,400 (most impacted area: Inverness Park)

East Bay: 1,300 (most impacted areas: Oakland Hills, Concord and Pacheco)

South Bay: 1,700 (most impacted areas: Los Altos, Sunnyvale)

Source: PG&E

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