Strong storm hits Bay Area with heavy rain, gusty wind

SAN RAFAEL, Calif. (KGO) -- Saturday's storm in the Bay Area made driving dangerous and left damage strewn across the North Bay.

The storm toppled trees and brought some flooding to the area. Heavy wind and rain also created a dangerous mess on the roadways.

Heavy rain fell for hours. It was intense and torrential at ties, demanding attention and keeping many awake.

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"I have a thin ceiling. I really heard it coming down, some old tree branches fell," said Novato resident John Cortez.

In Sonoma County, crews were trying to remove this giant tree which fell onto the Bohemian Highway in Monte Rio, and shut off power to about 60 residents.

The storm made driving dangerous. The CHP was escorting traffic on Highway 101, around a spin out involving a pickup truck. It happened in Novato near the Atherton Ave. Exit.

In Mill Valley, high tides combined with heavy rains caused flooding. Both directions of Miller Avenue was closed. Police detoured traffic.

"I've lived here 35 years, I've never seen it flood like this," said Mill Valley Resident Roger Howard.

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Parts of The Shoreline Highway were also submerged along with the Manzanita Park and Ride lot. CalTrans crews and CHP were trying to keep cars high and dry with detours.

Cyclist Megan Bagley, visiting from New York almost needed a boat to make thru the Bay Trail bike path, one stretch was covered with several inches of water.

"I'm glad I don't own this bike, and I'm glad it's not as cold as it is back east so my feet will dry out," said cyclist Megan Bagley.

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