Bay Area residents clean up after powerful storm

Bay Area residents are cleaning up after a weekend storm. 

A powerful storm slammed into the Bay Area Sunday morning, packing a one-two punch of rain and wind, and leaving damage in its wake.

"Rain was just coming down really hard," explained Troy Ault as he looked at a downed tree outside his Oakland home near 61st Street and Hillegass Avenue. "The wind picked up pretty quickly and just really took control." The 60-foot tall tree missed homes and cars and people on its way down. "We feel very lucky," Ault said. Others were not so lucky.

A tree crashed onto cars at Franklin and McAllister in San Francisco.

Another tree toppled onto two homes in San Pablo, crushing a car on the way down.

There was also flooding in Daly City, the waterline halfway up the doors of parked cars on 87th Avenue.

In Guerneville, it looked like the Grinch came through with the storm. The town center Christmas tree toppled in the wind. And that's just a sampling of the damage.

At Ocean Beach in San Francisco, bands of rain lined up offshore. As they approached, the wind gusts created a shower of rain and sand. The storm brought big waves and a high tide to Pacifica. 



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"So I think this is just the beginning of trees down this winter," said Cara Gillen as she looked at the tree that fell on Hillegass, right up to her front door. "Hopefully not on our house!"

Meanwhile, wind and snow caused problems in the Sierra.
About five inches of snow fell at Lake Tahoe, and nearly two feet at some of the ski resorts.
Getting to the Tahoe area was difficult. Chain controls were in effect and some people didn't have chains, so they had to turn around.
Others had bigger problems and had to call tow trucks to pull them out of snowdrifts.
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