A deluge of Biblical proportions is soaking the Bay Area in some much-needed rain today—but you already knew that. Hopefully you’re reading this from home, drinking a nice cup a tea and hiding under a blanket. Us? We’re at the office, blogging away, because the internet—unlike the public schools—never takes a rain day. So here’s what’s happening during the worst rainstorm in at least five years.
According to the National Weather Service, by this morning the North Bay had seen more than three inches of rain and San Francisco at least an inch.
More than 150,000 customers were without power at some point last night or this morning, with parts of San Francisco including the Marina, Cow Hollow, and blocks near Union Square experiencing power loss.
Morning transportation was snarled, as a power outage closed the Montgomery Street BART and Muni station on Market Street. Flooding also shut down the San Bruno BART station (though it soon reopened) and parts of I-280 in the South Bay. Waves forced the closure of the Embarcadero from AT&T Park to Pier 39 this morning as well. Hundreds of flights have been cancelled at SFO and schools have been shuttered across the region. Ferry service to and from San Francisco was canceled as well.
Gusts of wind were measured at 44 miles per hour on the Golden Gate Bridge, 69 miles per hour on the East Bay’s Mount Diablo, up to 73 miles per hour in Marin County, and 64 miles per hour in Los Gatos.
The rain has also caused creeks and rivers to rise across the state. Shasta Lake saw a gain of one foot over three hours this morning, and localized flooding was reported throughout the North Bay. In Healdsburg, one shopping center was flooded enough for people to go kayaking..
No deaths or major emgergencies have been reported, but by mid-day, two drivers had been stranded on 101 and required rescue. We'd say all in all, we're doing pretty okay. Except, of course, that we had to come in for work. Oh well.
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