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Bay Area sunshine at last?

Folks who live outside of California may have heard that we’re getting “a bit of rain” lately. :-)

Or INCHES, actually….

Rain is almost always welcome here. But California has been getting hammered, since Wednesday, by a series of waves of rainstorms. The latest weather blast occurred this morning, with drenching rain and wind gusts to 45 miles/hour, car crashes (oh, didn’t I tell you that Californians can’t drive “on” rain? :-) ), a BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) “meltdown,” and a power outages for over 35,600 people.

Forecasters said the storm left behind about one inch of rain on the Bay Area as it blasted through Sunday. The winds were blowing at 25 mph and gusting at up to 45 mph, said Meteorologist Austin Cross of the National Weather Service. The brutal weather was expected to continue through Sunday afternoon and then to let up Monday. But more rain was predicted to blow in Tuesday.

About 35,600 Pacific Gas & Electric customers were without power as the bands of rain hit at 7:30 a.m. By 2 p.m. those totals were down to around 13,290, according to the utility. The East Bay was hardest with 10,000 customers in the dark Sunday morning, while the Peninsula and South Bay saw 6,700 and 1,400, respectively, addresses without power.

Last night at 9:18 PM, BART trains stopped running because the transit agency could not communicate with trains nor confirm their locations, as the result of a power outage at its main control center, said BART police Lt. Randy Gregson. Although BART service resumed an hour later, there was no immediate determination of a cause or an explanation for backup systems not kicking in.

At 5 AM, a fatal collision that involved at least three cars on northbound Interstate 280 near Eastmoor Avenue in Daly City. A big rig truck was flipped over by high winds on the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge.

In the Santa Cruz mountains, the National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning Sunday morning for parts of Santa Cruz and Santa Clara counties, including Ben Lomond and Boulder Creek, after as much as one inch of rain per hour fell in the area. In issuing the flash flood warning, the weather service says flooding is taking place or is imminent.

But right now, the National Weather Service forecast for the Livermore area for Monday is “Mostly Sunny, High: 62˚F.”

But don’t worry, there’s a good chance of rain for DAYS after that…. :-)

-Bill at

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