Winds topping 70 mph battered the Bay Area early Monday, toppling trees, triggering power outages, shutting down San Francisco’s Great Highway and whipping up a Sunnyvale fire that damaged two homes.
The National Weather Service issued a high wind advisory for the Bay Area as wind gusts topped 70 miles along the coast from San Francisco’s Ocean to Daly City during the early morning hours.
The gusty breezes deposited large sand dunes on the city’s Great Highway along the coast forcing transportation officials to shut down the roadway.
Utility officials estimated as many as 15,000 customers were without power across the Bay Area.
The wind storm toppled trees across the Bay Area. In San Francisco’s Sutro Heights a massive Eucalyptus tree came crashing down on a roadway. A home was damaged by a large redwood branch in San Mateo while toppled trees damaged vehicles in Pleasant Hill and San Leandro.
Transportation officials issued high wind advisories for the all Bay Area bridges for the morning commute, issuing a warning to drivers of high-profile vehicles of the dangers being pushed out of traffic lanes.
In Sunnyvale, firefighters struggled with winds as they whipped up a two-alarm garage fire that also spread to a nearby duplex in the 300 block of Angel Avenue at about 3:30 a.m., according to fire officials.
Officials at San Francisco International Airport urged travelers to check on their flights as the winds were likely to cause some delays.
A high surf advisory was also issued for the coast with waves topping 16 feet off San Francisco and 20 feet off Half Moon Bay and Bodega Bay.
As daylight approached, the winds some of their intensity, but were still howling between 20-40 mph. The wind advisory was expected to remain in effect until around 5 p.m.
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