Rain and gusty winds pound the Bay Area

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The storm is continuing to pound the Bay Area, making a mess of the morning commute and triggering several warnings and advisories. (KGO-TV)

The storm has brought several problems to the Bay Area, from flooded roadways, to traffic accidents, to downed trees.

If you are driving 60 miles-per-hour or more in this kind of rain, CHP officers say you are going too fast. Drivers out in this rain overnight and early this morning caused lots of problems for emergency responders.

"It was a rough evening. As you know we had quite the heavy rain coming down all night. We had lots of reports of flooding, lots of reports of solo vehicle spin-outs," said CHP Ofc. Sean Wilkenfeld.

Flooding at Cesar Chavez and Highway 101 in San Francisco can come as a huge surprise, especially in the dark, but officers say it is going to happen. tThe key is to slow down and stay calm.

"Every time it rains we are going to have roadway flooding. That's just because people throw out their trash, it clogs the drain, which results in flooding again," said Wilkenfeld.

Officers think speed and the slick streets played a role in a crash on Brotherhood Way in San Francisco. The driver hit three parked cars, no one was hurt. The storm also toppled a tree on Mountain Avenue in Oakland. It blocked the main route to Montera Middle School and Joaquin Miller Elementary School. Some kids walked around it, but those in cars were pushed to the very narrow Scout Road causing a huge back up.

Parents say they have never seen the road clogged like this.

"Usually we zip up here, especially because we are late here anyways, so it's usually all clear, so I don't what is going on. We will get there eventually," said Avi Rose, Oakland resident.

The tree is expected to be cleared in time for school pick up.

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