Bay Area recovering from deadly, destructive storm Wednesday

The Bay Area is recovering after a deadly and destructive storm that blew through the region on Wednesday.

Two Bay Area residents died as a result of fallen trees during the storm, which brought heavy rain and strong winds.

A 42-year-old transient in Oakland died around 5:25 p.m. when a tree fell on Caltrans property along Ardley Avenue near the Interstate Highway 580 overcrossing, according to the California Highway Patrol.

A 52-year-old Mill Valley man died after being hit by a vehicle while trying to escape a falling tree branch in the area of Laverne and North Ferndale avenues in Marin County.

The rain and wind caused fallen vegetation, mudslides, floods and other problems that knocked out power to 82,608 PG&E customers in the area at the peak of the storm Wednesday night, according to the utility.

As of 5 p.m. Thursday, more than 10,000 customers remained without power, with the majority in the North and South bays, PG&E officials said.

Other problems included a fallen tree that struck a BART train around 5:50 p.m. Wednesday between the Pleasant Hill and Concord stations, causing major delays, and flooding that temporarily closed the Civic Center station in San Francisco earlier in the day, according to BART.

The storm has since left the region, but there is still a chance of rain later Thursday as well as on Friday and the weekend. By next week, the weather in the Bay Area is expected to be clear with highs in the upper 50s, according to the National Weather Service.