Yesterday's big rainstorm, which is still dripping its last bits of wetness on San Francisco between breaks in the clouds, was not as debilitating or damaging as some expected, however joking memes like this one are insensitive to the fact that there whole communities in the North Bay that will be cleaning up for quite some time. And Thursday turns out to be the wettest single day SF has had in 19 years, and the 11th wettest since records began around the Civil War, as CBS 5 tells us.
Somewhere between 213,000 and 276,000 Bay Area PG&E customers saw power outages, depending on who you ask, and the utility reports that 99 percent of customers had their power restored as of 10 a.m. today. Much of Union Square and Nob Hill, as well as other pockets of the northern part of the city, lost power for part of Thursday due to a blown substation at Civic Center, accounting for the largest single-area outage of 80,000 or so customers.
Part of Highway 101 on the Peninsula, between Marsh and Willow Road, was severely flooded and did not reopen until 5 a.m. today, as ABC 7 reports.
But areas along the Russian River are still experiencing some of the worst affects of storm-related flooding, with the river expected to crest as of 11 a.m. today at 33.3. feet above normal, as the Press-Democrat reports. That has led to devastating flooding throughout low-lying areas in the towns of Guerneville and Monte Rio in western Sonoma County. The photo above shows at least a foot or two of water in the parking lot of the Guerneville Safeway, and the town reportedly got 8.5 inches of rain in 24 hours. Below, the miniature golf course in Guerneville under water.
Elsewhere in Marin, Napa, and Sonoma, there's been plenty of flooding, and many wineries remain closed today.
About 240 flights were cancelled in and out of SFO yesterday, but as ABC 7 notes, most of them were short-haul flights along the west coast. As of this morning, delays were still averaging 30 minutes.
And there were some fallen trees a large tree fell on a car in San Jose, which can be seen here; an an 80-foot fir tree fell at a Santa Cruz elementary school "pinning a sixth-grader by the arm for 15 minutes until rescuers sliced up the tree to get the student out," as the Examiner reports; and as the Chron adds, a 90-foot eucalyptus fell on a nursing home in Union City, injuring two elderly people who were hospitalized for observation.