San Francisco Braces for Next Phase of Storm


A day after fierce winds and heavy downpours battered the San Francisco Bay Area, the rough weather abated Saturday in what forecasters described as just a lull in a major storm that’s set to regain strength Sunday.

In the storm’s first wave, a staggering 10 inches of rain fell in mountains along the coast in Sonoma County, said Austin Cross, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Monterey. San Francisco was spared the most severe weather, with just three-quarters of an inch of rain recorded.

“There were quite a few downed trees and a number of power outages, mostly due to the wind,” Cross said.

Gusts hit 70 miles per hour on Mount Diablo in the East Bay on Friday and 50 mph in San Francisco. Pacific Gas & Electric reported scores of power outages scattered from the Pacific Ocean to the Sierra Nevada, but none were major.

The largest outages affected thousands of people in Tiburon, near Sausalito, and Pittsburg, an East Bay suburb, according to Cross.

By Saturday morning, wind and rain in the Bay Area were light.

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SOURCE: LA Times, Michael Finnegan

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