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UPDATE: Third Wave of Storms Hits Bay Area: Rain May Return Tuesday

The last installment of the 'atmospheric river' coursing through Nor Cal arrived Sunday morning. A big rig overturned on the Richmond Bridge and 1,500 customers lost power in El Cerrito Sunday morning.

UPDATE 3:43 p.m. Sunday: PG&E reports 87 customers without power in pinole Sunday afternoon, having lost power at 7:19 a.m.

PG&E crews were out assessing and repairing the lines. There was not an estimated time for restoration.

There were no power outages in Hercules Sunday afternoon.

UPDATE 1:10 p.m. Sunday: The sun is shining on a soggy East Bay as the third storm to hit the area in five days moves east. The storm dumped fewer inches of rain than the National Weather Service had predicted, but storm-related power outages caused their share of hassles Sunday morning, including an hour mid-morning with no Bart service. 

While there's still a 20 percent chance of showers for the rest of the day, Monday will be mostly sunny with a 50 percent chance of rain returning on Tuesday. 

UPDATE 12:15 p.m. Sunday:

Pacific Gas and Electric is reporting numerous power outages throughout the East Bay.  El Cerrito is the hardest hit with 10 outages affecting 3,500 customers.

The West County Times is reporting on its Twitter feed that the outages are affecting traffic signals on San Pablo Avenue at Stockton, Richmond Street and Moeser.

Pinole and Hercules have a combined six power outages affecting 250 customers.

UPDATE 10:50 a.m. Sunday:

BART has confirmed that service has been restored.

The interruption was due to a a power outage at the BART operations control center, BART spokesperson Alicia Trost said. The outage lasted from 9:18 a.m. to 10:18 a.m. All trains are now back in service.

When the power was lost all trains went to the nearest station to unload passengers.

UPDATE 10:45 a.m. Sunday:
A BART spokeswoman has tweeted that service has been restored. We're trying to confirm.

The Contra Costa Times reported: "Around 9:18 a.m. power went out, possibly due to the nasty weather that dumped rain on the Bay Area and as a result trains can't move, said BART police Lt. Randy Gregson."

UPDATE 10:30 a.m. Sunday:

The California Highway Patrol has cleared a big rig that overturned on the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge and disrupted traffic for more than five hours this morning.

Eastbound lanes were blocked for more than five hours, with traffic using the right shoulder to pass. Tow crews had to wait for winds to subside before attempting to salvage the fallen vehicle. The truck was uprighted and removed from the roadway by about 10 a.m.

There were no reports of injuries.

(Bay City News Service)

UPDATE 10:20 a.m. Sunday:

Some news organizations and Twitter users are reporting that BART service is either delayed or completely shut down due to a computer system failure.

We're checking and will update with details.

UPDATE 9:30 a.m., Sunday: PG&E is reporting that 6,500 customers lost power in Berkeley at 9:15 a.m. 

UPDATE 9 a.m., Sunday: Nearly 1,500 customers lost power in El Cerrito around 8:40 a.m., according to PG&E. 

Bay City News—Strong winds caused a big rig to overturn on the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge this morning, blocking eastbound lanes, a California Highway Patrol officer said. The big rig overturned on its side near the midspan of the bridge at about 4:45 a.m. and remained in the roadway as of 8 a.m., CHP Officer James Evans said. There were no reports of any injuries. Both eastbound lanes remained blocked, though traffic was able to pass on the right shoulder, Evans said. The CHP was waiting for winds to die down before sending out a tow truck to remove the fallen vehicle, he said. A Sig-alert was issued at 4:54 a.m.

UPDATE 3 a.m., Sunday: By Charles Burress--

Following Friday's Bay Area soaking that cut power to thousands and clogged commutes with accidents and flooding, the rain is expected to continue this weekend, turning heavy Saturday night or early Sunday, the National Weather Service said.

The weather agency issued a "hazardous weather outlook" warning of "another strong Pacific weather system" that could bring heavy rain Sunday, in addition to expected showers on Monday.

"Excessive rainfall on already saturated soils could result in mudslides in areas of steep terrain," the weather service said.

Friday saw especially heavy rains in the North Bay, with 7-1/2 inches soaking the town of Venado in Sonoma County, the San Francisco Chroncile reported. The San Francisco airport had received 2 inches in 24-hour period ending at 8 p.m. Friday, the weather service said.

Monday should see the sky faucets turned off under partly sunny skies, the agency said. The extended forecast included a chance of rain Tuesday and Wednesday and "mostly sunny" weather on Thursday and Friday. 

Daytime high temperatures were forecast to range between 60 and 63 degrees over the next several days.

UPDATE 2 p.m., Friday: East Bay stormy weather is at bay until late Saturday night.

"We're kind of in a lull between storms," said Logan Johnson, Coordination Meteorologist for the National Weather Service.

Johnson said the East Bay will see scattered showers until Saturday night, when the third storm this week is expected to move in and stick around through Sunday morning.

UPDATE 11 a.m.: Bay City News Service -- Stormy weather this morning is affecting travel plans in and out of the Bay Area, according to airport officials. At San Francisco International Airport, 60 flights -- 30 arrivals and 30 departures -- have been canceled this morning, airport duty manager Joe Walsh said.

The cancellations, which started early this morning, will continue to affect flights until about noon, Walsh said. A delay program is in place at the airport until the end of the day, Walsh said. He advised passengers check with their airlines before arriving at the airport.

In the East Bay, there has been only one flight canceled this morning out of Oakland International Airport, an airport operations employee said. No flight delays have been reported there. Mineta San Jose International Airport has no cancellations or delays because of the weather, airport spokeswoman Rosemary Barnes said.

The weather also is to blame for a mud slide which shut down Highway 84, a popular commute route from between Silicon Valley and Fremont area and the Tri-Valley. 

UPDATE 5:31 a.m.: The long-anticipated storm arrived in the Bay Area Friday morning, bringing heavy winds and knocking down trees and leaving more than 15,000 PG&E customers without power. More than 4,500 PG&E customers in the Peninsula area, 3,700 in the South Bay area and 7,600 in the North Bay area are without power this morning, according to PG&E, which posts a map of outages showing location and details such as cause and when it might be restored.

A wind advisory is in effect until 11 a.m., with gusts of up to 45 mph expected, and a flash flood watch is in effect through Monday morning in the San Francisco Bay Area. A high surf advisory is in effect from 9 a.m. this morning until 4 a.m. Saturday.

Rain is likely to continue this evening, with lows in the upper 50s. Winds from the south are expected to reach up to 15 mph. Rain is expected Saturday. Highs are expected to be in the mid 60s, with winds from the south reaching up to 20 mph.

UPDATE 12:15 p.m. Thursday, Bay City News Service -- More rain is expected to arrive in the Bay Area this afternoon as a series of storms continues to pass through the region, a National Weather Service forecaster said.

"We're going to get hammered again tonight," forecaster Diana Henderson said.

The rain will start in the North Bay and move its way south through the Peninsula this afternoon and evening, she said.

Rain is expected to be heavy at times through Friday, with some strong winds, although the winds won't be as powerful as they were on Wednesday, when gusts of about 50 mph were recorded in the North Bay hills. Instead, it will be breezy with winds of up to 20 mph, Henderson said.

Three to 6 inches of rainfall is expected in the North Bay by the end of the day Friday, and 1 to 2 inches is forecast along the Peninsula.

On Wednesday, Bay Area residents were anticipating a daylong deluge of rain and wind, but the storm blew through by noon.

"The system moved faster than anticipated," Henderson said. "It didn't dump as much as we thought it might."

More showers and wind are expected Saturday and Sunday, with intermittent dry periods. There is a slight chance of thunderstorms as well, Henderson said.

Henderson advised using caution while driving on highways, where accumulated oil means slick roads in wet weather. "It just gets nasty out there," she said.
After the weekend, the area should dry out, according to Henderson.

UPDATE 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, "The first (storm) has moved through, but expect more serious hydrologic impacts coming soon," said a National Weather Service news release."The lighter than anticipated rain and now clearing skies...is deceptive and not a signal to lower your guard. Although only scattered showers are expected over the next 24 hours or so, a more ominous system is scheduled to arrive Thursday night. Rain will begin in the North Bay and move east and south slowly," according to the release.

UPDATE 3 p.m., Message from the Bay Area Rapid Transit District:

With a series of strong storms heading through the Bay Area, BART has geared up for wet weather and is reminding riders of safety tips. BART maintenance teams have all hands on deck in inclement weather. Some of the challenges can be falling branches from strong winds, which can knock out power or block a trackway, or heavy downpours that create puddling.

"Anytime you have moving parts exposed to the elements in bad weather, it can create problems, but we work hard to be prepared and call in extra staff if needed to deal with weather-related issues," BART Buildings Foreworker Charles Alexander said. "We do everything we can because our priority is on safety and reliability for the riders who count on us."

Riders can do their part by following tips such as:

•  Put umbrellas away in a bag to avoid drips;
•  Use extra caution when walking and be aware of surfaces that could be wet;
•  Pay attention to surroundings; don't be distracted by texting or reading on a mobile device;
•  Leave early and allow extra time to get to your destination; you don't want to have to run to make a train, and there may be weather-related delays; 
•  Choose footwear and outerwear appropriate for weather conditions;
•  Keep paper tickets dry or better yet, use a Clipper card;

If you spot a weather problem area on a train or in a station you can use the intercom to notify the train operator or let the station agent or other personnel know.

Inclement weather can have other impacts on riders, from parking lot visibility to personal security. BART Police has an increased presence inside our stations and parking lots during rainy weather to assist passengers and help keep things safe.  "Parking lots get slick during inclement weather, making it harder for cars to stop quickly," said Deputy Police Chief Benson Fairow.  "Drivers can't see as well in the rain and people often dart in front of cars while running towards shelter.  We advise everyone to slow down and be extra cautious during bad weather."

Fairow also noted that hooded outerwear and umbrellas can reduce a person's ability to see what is going on around them. It’s a good reminder at all times to be aware of your surroundings and keep your belongings such as purses, phones and packages close at hand, to avoid becoming a theft target.

BART appreciates your help in keeping the system running smoothly and safely during inclement weather.

UPDATE 1:55 p.m., Sandbags to guard against flooding are available for free in most East Bay cities. Here is a list of cities offering sandbags with links to more details about getting a hold of the bags:

  • Albany
  • Berkeley
  • Concord
  • Danville
  • Dublin
  • Pleasanton
  • San Ramon

UPDATE 1 p.m.: The weather caused 73 flight cancellations at San Francisco International Airport this morning, an airport duty manager said.
Most of the cancellations -- 36 arrivals and 37 departures -- were short-haul flights heading to and from airports in Orange County, Monterey, Santa Barbara and other West Coast destinations, duty manager Nancie Parker said.
Parker said that as of 11 a.m., other arriving and departing flights were averaging about an hour delay. Earlier this morning, arriving flights were delayed by as long as three and a half hours.

The Federal Aviation Administration has implemented its flow-control program for SFO because of the weather, slowing the rate of arrivals. The program was expected to be in effect throughout the day, Parker said.

Parker said the forecast calls for the stormy weather to continue for several days, but that today and Thursday are expected to have the heaviest rainfall.
The weather has not caused any notable delays at Mineta San Jose and Oakland international airports -- Bay City News Service

UPDATE 12:45 p.m., PG&E is reporting power outages affecting 170 customers in San Lorenzo and 158 customers in Union City.

UPDATE 2 a.m., The first of three storms this week is expected to hit early Wednesday morning, bringing with it threats of floods, power outages and massive traffic headaches.

Wednesday's storm should end by the evening. A second storm will move in Thursday evening and end Friday evening. The last storm will begin after 2 a.m. on Sunday and last until the evening, according to the National Weather Service.

Although the heaviest rainfall, and some possible thunder and lightning, will happen during the storms, rain is expected in-between. Slight chances of rain continue next week.

Coastal areas could get up to 20 inches of rain. "Small stream flooding and mudslides are possible with the heavy rain and strong winds could lead to power outages in some areas," according to the service.

Traffic is also expected to be impacted by the storms. See your local Patch's live traffic map and check back throughout the day for traffic condition updates.

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High temperatures in the East Bay will range between 62 and 64 degrees, and lows will range between 51 and 54 degrees through the weekend. Thunderstorms anticipated for Wednesday could produce winds up to 24 miles per hour.

Alan Eckert November 28, 2012 at 06:08 PM
Still rode my bike in to work. What a thrilling ride!
Paul D November 29, 2012 at 01:16 PM
Weather reporting has turned into just another breathless oh-my-gosh-look-at-THIS form of entertainment. Exaggerated and inflated weather reporting pumps up the news ratings. Its gonna rain folks. Calm down.
Chris J Kapsalis November 29, 2012 at 02:06 PM
Weather forecasting is not an exact science. Two days ago I saw the makings of a super storm. I do not even watch the news. Just charts and satellite images and so on from the Internet. The southern flow of moisture suddenly cut off. It would take too long to explain why. Also a couple other things did not happen. But it had the potential of being a huge wind and rain maker. We still have a lot of energy out there, with the real potential for some major rain and wind. But they do cry wolf too much imo. They should say "This has the real potential... Or "This could be a huge storm, be prepared..." Because you never know. I have watched storms fizzle out for no apparent reason, split in two and miss us, but also mushroom into huge storms. Better safe than sorry. You never really hear about when they got it wrong predicting a huge storm that did not happen. But if they miss it the other way, lives can be lost. And since when do we believe everything we read? That is one reason I love patch, and other online news now days with comments. You can read what people say, not just the media's take on things. Often in the past I had to listen to a news cast and call BS and had no way cept a letter to the editor to point out this or that. Now we can right below stories like this. And I have an opinion on everything. Oh well.
c5 November 29, 2012 at 02:22 PM
the first storm, at least in lafayette, was pretty much a bust. looks like .26 inches of rain according to noaa...maybe we'll get hammered with the next one.
montymarket November 29, 2012 at 06:48 PM
East Bay weather just cannot compare to Boston, say, no matter how hard the tv weather people here try to generate lots of (hot) air. Think nor'easter, blizzard, ice storm, slush, black snow, all of which are regular winter occurrences back East. If we got 10% of the magnitude of a blizzard here, there would be no houses up Marin Avenue in the hills -- would need a ski lift to get up to Grizzly Peak. Also, down here in the flats, we paint our concrete front stairs. Nobody back east paints their concrete stairs: one normal winter storm would ruin the paint job. All that aside, ocean levels have already increased a foot or so in the last decade(s) due to global warming, so, if there is a lot of runoff the storm sewers might not be able to handle, especially now with the full moon. The normal big puddle in the street could get bigger....
Ruth Stroup November 30, 2012 at 01:23 PM
As an insurance agent, I see lots of claims caused by failing trees during storms. This type of damage most often occurs when the trees still have their leaves. Proper pruning can help prevent this. Ruth Stroup, Farmers Insurance 3560 Grand Ave.
Kari Hulac (Editor) November 30, 2012 at 02:08 PM
Story updated 5:30 a.m. this morning..the rains have arrived!
James Nelson November 30, 2012 at 02:18 PM
I'm still waiting for the "Thunder & Lightning" that both NOAA and Weather.com stated would be here at 12AM. Been waiting all morning for a Show that hasn't come yet. Disappointed.
Anand November 30, 2012 at 06:09 PM
Well said
Chris J Kapsalis November 30, 2012 at 06:50 PM
Live Doppler radar shows a mass of very heavy rain coming right at us at 10:47 am. This is slow moving. Yes it could fizzle a bit, but looks like it will intensify. It is at the Golden gate bridge right now and moving about 5-10 mph. Could mushroom out and intensify our area in Martinez sooner. It would take about 2 hours of very heavy rain right now to overflow the creek. If you have sand bags, be ready in case.
Eric Bordax December 02, 2012 at 05:58 PM
Why do You Capatalize words At random?
James Nelson December 02, 2012 at 06:52 PM
Eric, Annoying isn't it? It's just one of the many downsides of my Form of OCD. I stopped attempting to Change it years ago and just go with the Flow. Although it appears to be Random, it's not. Just the way my Brain works.
Deb December 02, 2012 at 07:38 PM
Very nicely stated. Thank you.
Fred Eiger December 03, 2012 at 05:15 AM
You have no proof that the ocean levels have increased 1 foot in the last 10 years, you pot headed moron. Global Warming is a Fairy Tale and idiots like yourself who propagate such crap need to be exposed for your lunacy.
Tim December 03, 2012 at 07:24 AM
Well Fred, the ocean levels were increasing but that stopped in January 2009 when Obama was anointed. Ever since they have been decreasing. By the way, there is definitely climate chance happening. There have been warming and cooling trends throughout Earth's 4.6 BILLION year history. It's cyclic and if the "reds" (because "green" is really the new Commie "red") would put their egos aside they'd realize that we cannot control the Earth's climate. Wasn't it just back in the 1960's when the whack jobs were saying we were going to cause a new ice age?
Tim December 03, 2012 at 07:32 AM
That may be why trees fall in cases of dead limbs, or snow and sleet accumulating on leaves and branches in other parts of the country, however, pruning won't do squat to keep trees from falling around here during these massive rains because it's caused by ground saturation... they are coming out of the ground, roots and all. Stick to insurance because science and engineering aren't your strong suits.
Chris F. December 03, 2012 at 08:49 AM
I just read Wikipedia and they claim there is proof.
Chris J Kapsalis December 03, 2012 at 12:41 PM
There is proof of global warming. What has caused it is the real debate. Wild fires , ( the leading cause of c02 in the world ) used to burn unchecked until the rainy seasons all over the globe, but not today. So there was more c02 in the past. So it might have to do with earth tilt and so on more than human. Plus other factors. Yes humans add to it, but c02 is less today. They kind of leave that out when talking about humans roll in all of this. As for the West Coast. In areas that do not get the severe weather, rain, Snow and on, when it does happen, if rarely, it is much more of a problem because we are not adapted to it. It would be like a moderate earthquake happening on the east coast. A disaster, while here it would not be as much, since we are more prepared in our buildings etc. If 8 inches of snow fell in SF it would be a disaster. In Boston? Nothing really. And it does happen. More news worthy here if snow may be coming to low areas. In weather there's what's called 10 year, 100 year, 1000 year..... events. Meaning they happen less frequently but have happened with evidence. Like the evil lottery. So what if a 1000 year flood hit the west coast? With water 20 feet high on Main St.? We know it has happened in the past, about 10 times every 10,000 years, and will again most likely. So don't be completely shocked when it happens again. ( A 1000 year flood is an average of events over a span of time.)
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