Winds expected to die down Tuesday, many trees downed

- There have been several reports of trees falling, some into homes, amid windy conditions Monday throughout the Bay Area. 

Alameda County Fire Department said at least 20 trees have fallen in Oakland as of late Monday night. 

Winds did begin to ease, but are expected to continue on Tuesday, according to the forecast. 

The Richmond-San Rafael Bridge saw blustery conditions, cautioning some drivers.  

In one incident a tree fell onto an Emeryville home at Adeline and 47th streets. Homeowner Valerie Majors said she lost power and cable service, but there was no substantial damage to her home and no one was injured. She was outside when it happened and saw the tree come down.

"I was sitting in the car getting ready to get out and I heard a sound like a cracking and then I saw the tree falling," Majors said.  

A tree also fell at Hillcrest School in the Oakland Hills. The tree fell on a fence. No one was injured and no major damages were reported. A photo shows kids looking at the fallen tree. 

In the North Bay, a towering oak in Yountville gave up in the gusts and toppled onto a house across the street from renowned restaurant, The French Laundry. The homeowner was unhurt. Their neighbor saw the tree hit power lines as it came down and then a transformer exploded, which started a fire. 

As for the restaurant, power was restored and dinner was served. 

"The tree itself was weakened, and then we get some rain, and that loosens up the soil, and then we get wind like this, it just pushes things right on over," said Nicholas Carriger from A-Plus Tree Service. 

Arborists say to prune big trees so wind whistles through instead of catching them like a sail. 

"It's mother nature, so you can't really say exactly what's going to happen," said Carriger, "but in this case, it does seem there was a lot of brush, it should have been thinned out in the middle."  

Residents are grateful the falling oak hit a big pine as it went over, which slowed it down. 

"It was miraculous that no one was hurt, and it could have been a lot worse," said the neighbor who watched it happen. 

Next-door, the house is yellow- tagged, only limited entry. 

She suffered only roof and gutter damage to her home's exterior. 

"I have no damage inside, and it's a miracle because a big branch missed a window by about six inches."

Monday evening, the Oakland hills were also beset with multiple trees down, and the fire department reporting a backlog of at least 20 calls. 






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