Almost 10,000 PG&E customers throughout the Bay Area are without power this morning due to wind-related outages, reports CBS 5, included over 6 thousand in San Francisco alone. The most recent outage began at 5:30 a.m. in SF in parts of Nob Hill, Russian Hill, Telegraph Hill, and Pier 39.
The strong, cold gusts that scoured the region yesterday also knocked down trees, causing traffic delays and cleanup nightmares. On Mission Street, palm fronds fell without warning as trunks swayed wildly. Over on Divisadero, a large tree came crashing down, blocking an intersection in both directions and affecting the 24 and 5 bus routes.
Noe Valley also saw a large tree felled by the wind:
As ABC 7 reports, BART was equally afflicted. Tuesday's first service interruptions took place at 1:15 p.m. between the 24th Street and Daly City. A large tree fell on the tracks between the Balboa Park and Glen Park stations, said BART officials, and crews finally finished removing the 30-foot long tree shortly before 4:45 p.m. Some poor commuters were forced to wait out the nearly four hour delay.
And, over in Oakland, BART was also plagued with problems. At around 4 p.m. the brand new BART Oakland Airport connector, earlier the victim of a PG&E outage, was stopped between Coliseum Station and the airport because of another electrical problem.
A wind advisory is in place through midday today from the National Weather Service.