Storm brings rain, problems to Bay Area

February 17, 2009 12:22:30 AM PST
The Bay Area is enduring power outages, traffic accidents, flooding and airport delays.

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A home on Emerson Street lost power, because an oak tree fell on top of it, and it also fell on the neighbor's house.

An old oak tree on Emerson Street just couldn't take all that rain.

A city worker said the roots were probably rotting, which made the tree vulnerable.

The oak fell right into a house a little after 9:00 p.m. It took down a phone and cable line with it.

The tree ripped a hole through the roof and damaged the front of the home. A heavy branch tore through neighbor tim white's car which was parked in the driveway.

White and his wife were in their home at the time.

"My wife was sitting in the corner and it fell all around her so the car going, that's fine," said White.

A PG&E crew chief says it's their first big storm of the season.

Fallen trees and downed power lines kept public works and PG&E crews on the Peninsula busy all weekend.

At 10:30 on Monday morning, 2,700 P&GE customers in San Mateo County were still without electricity.

"We've had crews out since about 3:30 Friday night and working pretty much around the clock," said PG&E emergency crew member Tom Churchill.

In Woodside, emergency crews were working on a big acacia which fell down on summit springs road.

The tree fell on a power line, cutting electricity to neighboring homes.

Anne Schoebel has lived in her home for 35 years. She was a bit sentimental this morning.

I've known this tree since I was a kid. I used to ride my horse by it every day. It just fell down and laid down and said goodbye," said Schoebel.

Anne is also keeping a close watch at another tree near her home. She calls that tree Eddy.

More than 5,000 local PG&E customers have no electricity because of the storm:

  • 2,700 homes and businesses on the Peninsula have been without power since midnight
  • Over 1,000 have no electricity in the East Bay
  • In San Francisco, 240 residents have no power.
  • Nearly 200 outages are reported in the South Bay
  • Nearly 100 in the North Bay
  • 1,100 customers have no electricity in Santa Cruz County

    SFO officials say arriving flights are delayed up to two hours. There are no major weather delays at San Jose or Oakland airports.

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