Storms cause trees to fall throughout the Bay Area

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Severe weather and rain caused soil to soften, resulting in trees toppling over throughout the Bay Area.

On Monday morning a tree fell onto the on ramp to Eastbound Highway 680 in Milpitas.

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Three cars were damaged by an 80 foot Cypress tree near the University of San Francisco. Workers waited all day before a crane arrived to do the heavy lifting.

Sunday's storm has had San Francisco's Public Works crews scrambling to answer calls about downed trees and branches throughout the city.

"We have all hands on deck today. We've got landscaping crews as well as tree guys out cleaning up and we have additional inspectors out working today trying to respond to calls from the public," said Carla Short, an Arborist with San Francisco Public Works.

A dramatic incident happened at Golden Gate Park near the soccer fields. A man was trapped for three hours after a tree fell on his tent. San Francisco firefighters eventually got him out safely.

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Two huge trees collapsed across Stow Lake. A frequent park goer who did not want to be named said he thinks there are too many dead and dying trees just waiting to give way. "These trees should have been taken out and new trees put in a long time ago," he told ABC7 News.

The city says they're working on doing just that. "Looking at trees and being able to proactively prune any weak limbs will help prevent those limb failures in the future," said Short.
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