High winds and rain topple trees, trigger flooding in Bay Area

It has been a wet and windy day around the Bay Area. The high winds toppled trees, triggered power outages and caused minor flooding through the region. A High Wind Advisory is in effect until 4 p.m.

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In Sonoma County, a horse was killed after fierce winds combined with rain toppled onto a popular horse park. Fire crews were called to the Sonoma Horse Park on Lakeview Highway in Petaluma around 7:30 Tuesday morning.

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In San Francisco, crews are cleaning up a large tree that toppled over at Market Street at Danvers. It used to be in someone's backyard before it came crashing down onto the street overnight. No one was hurt.

There are storm-related power outages across the Bay Area. As of 11 a.m., 1,000 PG&E customer are in the dark in the North Bay, 575 on the Peninsula and the South Bay and East Bay are reporting nearly 500 outages combined.

In Marin County, crews worked through the night to clear away an oak tree that fell onto electrical lines. The tree knocked out power to about two dozen PG&E customers in Kentfield. PG&E expects to see more of this as the ground gets saturated and trees get uprooted.

With gusts of wind up to 40 mph in Novato this morning, it was more than some trees could handle. A huge Acacia fell on Hill Road at 3:30 a.m. It took three hours for crews to clear it and open the road. And just as they were wrapping up, they got another call of a tree down on Posada Del Sol. Unfortunately that tree landed on a car. City workers did their best to keep up.

"It split almost at the base it was weak probably due to the droughts," said Joe Stene, street maintenance supervisor.

Wind wasn't the only challenging element this morning. Flooding was also an issue. There was a huge puddle on the connector ramp from 580 to 680. Mill Valley dealt with flooding at high tide.

CHP officers say with the rain and wind, it was a busy morning.

"We've been dealing with the rain, but the wind today was a new addition, especially the gusts, we were dealing with a lot of debris calls this morning," said CHP Ofc. Andrew Barclay.

Hydro-planing has been a major concern on Bay Area roads. If you find yourself in this situation, authorities say don't panic, don't break suddenly, let off the gas and try to steer your way out of it. So far on Tuesday, the CHP says it's responding to three times the normal amount of accident calls.

As of 11 a.m., airlines cancelled 10 flights at SFO today, most of them are short hauls. There have been delays of 30 minutes to an hour. Oakland International Airport and Mineta San Jose Airport are not reporting any delays.

Travel isn't the only concern with the storm. There are certain spots throughout the Bay Area that are vulnerable because of this rain deluge. Erosion is eating away at the parking lot at the Korean Central Presbyterian Church in Daly City.

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A neighbor tells said he's been watching the recent storms chip away at the hill side.

"We need the rain, and the rain is good. But getting a lot of rain all at once, though, is going to cause some problems for areas that haven't had rain in five years, almost," said Mike Miller, Daly City resident.

The church has marked off areas that might be affected by more erosion.

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