A robust, vigorous storm rolled into parts of Northern California and into the Bay Area Thursday morning bringing torrential rain and roaring winds.
In the severely drought-stricken state, the consequential rainfall will provide some relief. However, due to the forceful nature, the storm comes with a catch as mudslides, flooding, power outages and downed trees could contribute to risky travel conditions and other hazards.
Before the storm swelled over the region, public schools in San Francisco and Oakland all declared they would be closed on Thursday. The Golden Gate Bridge restricted travel to six lanes in order to keep traffic closer to the center of the structure.
REPORTS: (All times listed in PST)
11:33 a.m. Thursday:
Power Pole down on car due to fallen cypress tree #SanLeandro #BayAreaStorm @PGE4Me on scene! pic.twitter.com/eDP81PmYCy— Dean C. Smith (@DeanCSmith) December 11, 2014
11:15 a.m. Thursday: Widespread road closures are reported throughout the Bay Area.
Update: The Right and Center Lanes Remain Closed on Westbound I-80 Before Central Ave. in Richmond. http://t.co/vASsMfgaKx— 511 Bay Area (@511SFBay) December 11, 2014
11:03 a.m. Thursday:
6" to 12" of water on SB 280 before Eastmoor Avenue in #dalycity #Bayareastorm https://t.co/4BN5l3uaZ3— Bob Redell (@BobNBC) December 11, 2014
10:44 a.m. Thursday: NWS Sacramento reported that as heavy rain moves into the King and American Burn Scars, the concern for flash flooding grows.
Hvy rain will move into King and American Burn Scars. We're vry cncrnd w/ Flash Flooding thru 930 PM #NorCalStorm pic.twitter.com/xt6xBt4c4W— NWS Sacramento (@NWSSacramento) December 11, 2014
10:24 a.m. Thursday: Rainfall storm totals are reaching close to 5 inches in some areas of Northern California. Mount Shasta has received 4.75 inches as of 10 a.m.
10:19 a.m. Thursday: Roughly 80,000 Pacific Gas and Electric Company customers in the San Francisco remain without power as crews continue to work on restoration efforts.
9:16 a.m. Thursday:
As of now, 230 flights have been cancelled at #SFO. Double check with your airline regarding flight status...#BayAreaStorm #SFO— flySFO (@flySFO) December 11, 2014
9:01 a.m. Thursday: Urban flooding is ongoing throughout the Bay Area. A bus sits in standing water along Cesar Chavez Street in San Francisco.
8:36 a.m. Thursday: A wind gust of 113 mph was recorded at 14,000 feet in White Mountain Peak in Mono County, California.
8:26 a.m. Thursday: Violent winds continue to impact area homes and cars as trees fall. The San Jose Fire Department reported that though extensive damage was done to the car and home, the resident elderly couple suffered no injuries.
8:03 a.m. Thursday: Heavy rain caused flooding along roadways in the Bay Area like on I-280 near Colma.
7:39 a.m. Thursday: Rain and ominous clouds rolled over the San Francisco area during the morning commute.
7:14 a.m. Thursday: As many as 15,000 Pacific Gas and Electric Company customers are without power in the greater Bay Area.
6:51 a.m. Thursday: High winds have resulted in falling trees in the Bay Area.
12:45 a.m. Thursday:
Virgin America and United Airlines are offering to reschedule flights on 12/11 and 12/12 with no fees due to the #BayAreaStorm #SFO— flySFO (@flySFO) December 11, 2014