Heavy rain disrupts Bay Area commute, causes some damage


The showers started overnight and made sure to cover every bit of the Bay Area. The rain came and went, providing breaks; but then quickly started back up again. There were the usual reports of some minor mud and rock slides. All of it happened during the morning commute, which made Wednesday's drive one that required patience.

"It was very difficult, it took a long time, much longer than normal," said one commuter.

Getting into downtown San Francisco was especially tough because a tree came crashing down just before 8 a.m. on Bush and Stockton streets. It landed on a car. The driver was okay.

"It just went boom," said a nearby parking garage attendant.

He heard it and assumed it was a car wreck. He was shocked to see a tree blocking all of Bush Street, effectively keeping customers away from his garage.

Despite the rain hassles, it's tough to overlook the positive of all this.

"Finally we're getting some rain," San Francisco resident Mike Vladimer said. "We need it, it's been really dry. So, I know people hate the rain here and I'm very not used to it. But at the same time, I've seen how low the water levels are. So hopefully this is getting over the mountains and into the reservoirs."

Light, scattered showers are expected Thursday night.

Another round of heavy rain is also expected Saturday morning, with lingering showers Sunday and Monday. And yet another wet system was forecast to move through on Monday.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report)

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