Powerful storm leaves damage across the Bay Area

- Most of the Bay Area has reached at least a quarter inch of rain in the past 24 hours, according to unofficial rainfall totals from the National Weather Service.

Areas with the highest rainfall over the past day include areas of Sonoma and Santa Cruz counties with some places receiving over two inches of rain.

At Venado, near Guerneville, 2.60 inches of rainfall have been recorded. Ben Lomond Mountain in Santa Cruz County has seen 2.41 inches, and the area of Walden West in Santa Clara County has seen 2.13 inches over the past day.

The storm left tens of thousands of PG&E customers in the dark.  

From the nerve center of its emergency operations in San Francisco, PG&E dispatched 40 crews to locations across the Bay Area.

“In a storm like this we’re going to see trees and limbs hitting our wires and interrupting service so we’re using the technology we have to quickly and safely assess the situation,” PG&E Spokesperson Donald Cutler said.

At San Francisco’s Ocean Beach, wind gusts reached 35 miles per hour, and a high surf advisory was issued through Tuesday, with waves reaching 20 feet.  

Concern for the homeless prompted San Francisco city officials to open two emergency “pop up” shelters: one in Bill Graham Auditorium with 100 beds and another at the Hall of Flowers on 9th Avenue, with 125 beds.

“We open up these shelters because we want to get people out of the rain, make sure they’re warm, they’re dry, they can get something to eat,” said Ben Aymes of San Francisco’s Human Services Agency. 

The city plans to close the “pop up” shelters on Monday, unless the rain continues.

Rain is expected to continue through the week. 

You can track the rain where you live by downloading our KTVU weather app in your app store. Share your rain photos on our Facebook page or on Twitter/Instagram using #KTVU.

 

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