After weeks without one of these, we bring you another round up of storm-aftermath news, after Thursday's weather system brought wind gusts of up to 70 miles per hour in some locations, leading to lots of downed power lines, downed trees, and even helped knock over a big rig truck that snarled traffic on the westbound deck of the Bay Bridge.
As many as 114,000 PG&E customers were without power late Thursday, according to NBC Bay Area, many of those in the East Bay. As of 5 a.m. Friday, that number was down to 45,900, as KRON 4 tells, us, with 39,000 of those in the East Bay.
Also in the East Bay, last night's storm triggered a landslide in the Oakland Hills that directly impacted two homes, and caused an evacuation of the surrounding area. This happened on Banning Drive between Moore and Doran Drives, and the slide also caused a road collapse on nearby Aitken Drive, and led East Bay MUD to cut off water to 25 homes, as CBS 5 reports.
The big rig toppling happened on the newer eastern span of the Bay Bridge at 8:24 p.m., as NBC reports. No other vehicles were involved, and fire officials on the scene said heavy winds were likely to blame. The accident caused all the westbound lanes of the bridge to be closed for about an hour, and lanes began reopening around 9:40 p.m.
Also, just after midnight last night, a barge in the Bay between Treasure Island and the Transbay Tube, under contract to BART, sank with no one aboard, apparently due to the storm.
Rainfall totals were not insignificant, but were higher at higher elevations, especially in the North Bay. Most urban parts of the Bay were expected to see a half inch to 1.25 inches by today, as KRON 4 tells us, with some higher spots getting 3 to 5 inches total.
Still, this storm did not come without warning.
As one PG&E official says in the video below, they had been preparing for this storm for about a week.