Updates on storm-related problems in the Bay Area – NBC Bay Area


People across the Bay Area have been experiencing gusty winds and heavy rain, with a number of resulting problems.

Below is a running list of issues that have cropped up amid stormy weather this week that we’ll be continuing to update.

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Monday, Feb. 5

Update: Sonoma County schools closed Tuesday

The Sonoma County Office of Education said Monday evening that several local districts would be closed on Tuesday due to storm-related issues.

  • Dunham School District (power outage and hazardous conditions related to the storm)
  • Kashia School District (power outage and other storm-related issues)
  • Fort Ross Elementary (damage to school from storm, access issues caused by storm, power outage)
  • Harmony Union School District (power outage)
  • Twin Hills School District has closed Apple Blossom School, Orchard View School, and Twin Hills Charter Middle School (power outage)

College campuses, other schools closed

Severe weather and related power outages caused a number of other schools to shut down Monday and Tuesday. Here’s a running list:

  • Cal State East Bay in Hayward (power outage)
  • West Valley College in Saratoga (hazardous weather)
  • Fisher Middle School in the Los Gatos Union School District (power outage)

Update: Sonoma County schools closed Monday

The Sonoma County Office of Education said Sunday evening that several local districts would be closed on Monday due to storm-related issues.

The following is an updated list of schools that will be closed:

  • Bennett Valley Union (power outage)
  • Credo High School
  • Dunham School District (power outage and hazardous conditions related to the storm)
  • Forestville Union School District
  • Fort Ross Elementary (damage to school from storm, access issues caused by storm, power outage)
  • Guerneville School District (power outage, flooded roads, and other storm-related issues)
  • Harmony Union School District (power outage)
  • Horicon School District
  • Kashia School District (power outage and other storm-related issues)
  • Mark West Union School District (power outage)
  • Monte Rio Union School District
  • Montgomery Elementary (power outage, downed trees, and other storm-related issues)
  • Santa Rosa City Schools is closing Hidden Valley Elementary
  • Sebastopol Union has closed Brook Haven and Park Side elementary schools
  • Sonoma Valley Unified School District has closed El Verano Elementary
  • Twin Hills School District has closed Apple Blossom School, Orchard View School, and Twin Hills Charter Middle School (power outage)
  • Two Rock Union School District (power outage)
  • West Sonoma County Union High School District
  • Wright School District (power outage)

Power out at San Jose schools, but class still in session

Power was out early Monday at a number of schools in the San Jose Unified School District, but the campuses remained open and class was still in session, according to the school district.

Power outages were affecting the following SJUSD schools as of 5 a.m. Monday:

  • Almaden Elementary School
  • Broadway High School
  • Ernesto Galarza Elementary School
  • Hammer Montessori at Galarza Elementary
  • John Muir Middle School
  • Reed Elementary School
  • Willow Glen Middle School
  • Willow Glen High School
  • Willow Glen Elementary

The district added that if parents choose to keep their students home from school, it would not affect their attendance record.



Meteorologist Kari Hall tracks the storm with lingering thunderstorms today and times of rain through Wednesday in the Microclimate Forecast.

Sunday, Feb. 4

Several people rescued from the Guadalupe River in the South Bay

The Guadalupe river in the South Bay was raging Sunday. The water level rose so fast two groups of people became stranded. A swift water team responded rescuing six people, three dogs and nine puppies.

Marianne Favro has more in the video below.



People across the Bay Area have been experiencing gusty winds and heavy rain Sunday with a number of resulting problem. Rob Mayeda, Thom Jensen, and Marianne Favro report. 

East Side Union High School District announces school closures

The East Side Union High School District in the South Bay announced Sunday that several schools will be closed on Monday due to storm-related issues.

The following schools will be closed on Monday:

  • Apollo High School
  • Calero High School
  • Calero-Adult Transition Program South
  • Oak Grove High School
  • W.C. Overfelt High School
  • W.C. Overfelt Adult Center
  • Yerba Buena High School

As of 10 p.m. Sunday, more than 321,748 Bay Area PG&E customers were without power, according to the utility. We have a breakdown by region here.

Pacifica opening warming center, charging station for residents

The city of Pacifica has opened its Community Center for people who have lost power, North County Fire Authority said at 6:35 p.m. Sunday.

The comfort center will offer power created by a generator for charging electronic devices. There will also be water and snacks.

The center is not a place to sleep, but residents are welcome to bring blankets, pillows and warm clothes for comfort, the fire department said.

The Pacifica Community Center is located at 540 Crespi Drive in Pacifica.

–Bay City News

Highway 35 closed in Santa Cruz Mountains

Caltrans and the California Highway Patrol announced Sunday that Highway 35 was closed in the Santa Cruz mountains near Bear Creek Road due to downed power lines and trees. They added repair work will resume on Monday.

Downed trees halt service to some Caltrain areas

Downed trees across tracks have disrupted service to Caltrain customers in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties Sunday afternoon and evening.

The north and southbound tracks 200 feet south of the San Antonio Station in Mountain View have halted service to that station as of 3:45 p.m. due to a downed tree.

In Burlingame, a second tree fell onto the tracks at around 5:36 p.m.

SamTrans is honoring Caltrain tickets in Burlingame and The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority is also honoring Caltrain tickets for anyone wishing to go north or south of the San Antonio Station.

Caltrain said at 6 p.m. that it will be several hours before the trees can be completely removed.

–Bay City News

High-rise windows shake in San Francisco

An NBC Bay Area viewer sent a video, showing high winds shaking the windows of a high-rise building in San Francisco Sunday.

⁠ The city has in the past issued warnings after windows shattered during heavy winds, sending pieces of glass onto the streets below.⁠

As of Sunday evening, NBC Bay Area has not heard of any problems with windows shattering.



An NBC Bay Area viewer sent a video, showing high winds shaking the windows of a high-rise building in San Francisco Sunday.

Several Sonoma County school districts closed on Monday

The Sonoma County Office of Education said Sunday evening that several local districts would be closed on Monday due to storm-related issues.

The following schools will be closed:

  • Dunham School District (power outage and hazardous conditions related to the storm)
  • Fort Ross Elementary (damage to school from storm, access issues caused by storm, power outage)
  • Guerneville School District (power outage, flooded roads, and other storm-related issues)
  • Horicon School District (hazardous travel conditions related to the storm)
  • Kashia School District (power outage and other storm-related issues)
  • Montgomery Elementary (power outage, downed trees, and other storm-related issues)
  • Two Rock Union School District (power outage)

They added that Twin Hills School District is closing Apple Blossom School, Orchard View School, and Twin Hills Charter Middle School due to power outage but SunRidge Charter has power and plans to be open on Monday.

A PG&E spokesperson told NBC Bay Area that about 638,000 customers throughout its service area are experiencing power outages as of 5:30 p.m. Sunday.

The utility added that the service area is from the California-Oregon state border to Bakersfield. About 389,000 customers in the Bay Area are impacted by PG&E outages.

We have the latest information on the outages here.

Tree branches land on two parked cars in San Jose

An NBC Bay Area viewer posted this photo of tree branches that landed on two parked cars in the area of Leigh Avenue in San Jose Sunday afternoon. NBC Bay Area is reaching out to authorities for more information.

Fallen tree in San Jose’s Willow Glen neighborhood

A big tree was reportedly down in San Jose’s Willow Glen neighborhood on Lincoln Avenue Sunday. NBC Bay Area’s Laura Garcia has more details in the video below.

Downed trees reported in Napa

An NBC Bay Area viewer sent some photos of downed trees along the Silverado trail in Napa. NBC Bay Area is reaching out to authorities for more information on this incident.

As of 4 p.m., PG&E said that over 231,000 customers across the Bay Area are without power.

For a more detained breakdown by region, click here.

Hwy. 84 closed in Woodside

Downed power lines have closed Highway 84 in both directions at Friars Lane in Woodside, the San Mateo Country Sheriff’s Office shared on social media.

There is currently no estimated time of reopening, and drivers are asked to find alternate routes.

Palo Alto road reopened

Around an hour after reporting the closure of Embarcadero Road over a fallen electrical line, Palo Alto police said the road had been cleared in both directions.

SF blocked street cleared

The San Francisco Department of Emergency Management shared on social media that an incident on Fillmore Street, between Golden Gate Avenue and Turk Street, had been resolved.

Earlier in the day, the department had reported that all lanes there had been blocked after a large tree and wires came down.

Hwy. 1 closed in Monterey County

To the south of the Bay Area, Caltrans said Sunday downed trees and power lines has led to a full closure of Highway 1 at Corona Road in Monterey County.

There is currently no estimated time for reopening.

BART runs trains at slower speeds

BART shared on social media that it was running its trains at slower speeds due to the wet weather.

BART riders can keep an eye on their departure times through its app or on its website.

Thousand of PG&E customers without power

PG&E said at 9:56 a.m. that over 44,000 customers across the Bay Area were without power, noting that high winds can lead to downed power lines.

Read the full story here.

SF ferry suspends service indefinitely

The San Francisco Bay Ferry has suspended all service due to high winds and rough waters. Although the suspension is currently indefinite, the ferry hopes to resume service in the afternoon.

Flooding, hillside collapse on SF street

People in San Francisco are advised to avoid Market and 18th streets due to flooding and a hillside collapse, the city’s Department of Emergency Management said on social media. Market Street’s westbound lanes are also blocked by fallen trees.

Mudslide closes Hwy. 9 in Santa Clara County

A mudslide has closed both directions of Highway 9 at Sanborn Road in Santa Clara County, according to the California Highway Patrol.

There is currently no estimated time for its reopening.

Downed wires close Hwy. 1 in San Mateo County

Highway 1 has been closed in both directions at San Mateo County’s southern border due to downed power lines, Cal Fire said on social media.

It added that the closure will last for at least the next two to three hours.

PGA suspends AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am

The final round of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am has been suspended until Monday morning, according to the PGA.

This news comes after the PGA delayed the start of the final round earlier in the day.

SF Public Works shares video of downed tree

San Francisco Public Works shared video on social media of a crew dealing with a downed acacia tree on Forest Side Avenue in the West Portal neighborhood.

Electrical line blocks Palo Alto road

A downed electrical line has blocked Embarcadero Road between Louis and Greer roads, Palo Alto police said on social media.

It added that the fire department and Palo Alto Utilities was on-site to deal with the issue.

Fallen tree and wires block SF street

A large tree and wires have fallen and blocked all lanes of Fillmore Street between Golden Gate Avenue and Turk Street, according to the San Francisco Department of Emergency Management.

The department added that emergency crews were already on scene and advised people to avoid the area.

San Francisco street floods

People in San Francisco are advised to avoid the area of 224 Haigh Street at Buchanan Street, the city’s Department of Emergency Management shared on social media.

It added that, as of 9:11 a.m., emergency crews were en route.

Wind causes delays at SFO

Wind is causing departures to San Francisco International Airport to be delayed by an average of 166 minutes, the FAA advised.

Departures from SFO are also being delayed by an average of 15 minutes, the FAA added, noting that the average is increasing.

Tree falls on car, closes Hwy. 101 in Santa Rosa

Northbound Highway 101 is closed at Todd Road in Santa Rosa after a tree fell on a car there, the Sonoma County Fire District posted on social media Sunday.

It added that another falling tree had nearly missed a house in Larkfield, and that other trees and wires were down across the county.

The district ended its post by advising: “Avoid any unnecessary travel.”

Fallen tree closes Palo Alto road

A section of eastbound Oregon Expressway in Palo Alto has been reopened after being shut down by a fallen tree, police shared on social media.

The tree had previously been blocking the road at Bryant Street.

The department advised that drivers use caution and keep an eye out for debris.

PG&E delays final round of AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am

The final round of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am is delayed until after noon Sunday, the PGA shared on social media.

It then added: “All tournament facilities are closed and further updates will follow.”

San Francisco Half Marathon canceled

The San Francisco Half Marathon announced on social media that it was canceling Sunday’s race out of an abundance of caution.

“Your medal and race shirt will be mailed to you in the coming weeks,” it advised registered participants in the post, adding that it would be also be in touch with next steps.

Tree falls onto Santa Rosa car port

A tree was blown onto a Santa Rosa car port overnight, with footage of it showing that it had been mostly uprooted.

Uprooted tree in Santa Rosa early Sunday morning

It’s not the only downed tree first responders have had to deal with in the area Sunday morning, with the Santa Rosa Fire Department posting on social media that its crews has already responded to several by 6:45 a.m.

Power back on at Daly City’s Seton Medical Center

Seton Medical Center in Daly City is accepting patients again Sunday morning after an interruption caused by a power outage the night before.

The hospital started directing patients to other hospitals after its power stopped working Saturday night. As of Sunday morning, the power was back on.

Saturday, Feb. 3

Some Sonoma County roads closed preemptively

During the storm Sonoma County is expecting not just swollen rivers but also a lot of runoff, according to county officials. That means some low-lying areas are expected to flood, including some roads.

So county officials say they’re trying a new tactic to get ahead of the issue: preemptively closing some roads.

“We identified five roads that we have the most requests to rescue drivers,” said county Director of Public Infrastructure Johannes Hoevertsz. “And we are closing them at 7 p.m. on Sunday night. They will be closed at least until 7 a.m. on Monday morning.”

Those closures include portions of Slusser Road, Starr Road, Trenton-Healdsburg Road, Mark West Station Road and Green Valley Road.

Portion of Tesla Road closed to through traffic in Livermore

The California Highway Patrol announced Saturday that Tesla Road was closed to through traffic from Cross Road in Livermore to the Alameda County line. They added they will reassess Sunday evening.

San Jose officials issued a proclamation of local emergency Saturday night as up to two inches of rain were forecast for the city in the next 24 hours.

Unhoused people living along the Guadalupe River will be ordered to evacuate, the city said in a report on preparations for the arrival of a so-called atmospheric river.

We have the full story here.

–Bay City News



San Jose officials issued a proclamation of local emergency Saturday night as up to two inches of rain were forecast for the city in the next 24 hours.

Speaking with NBC Bay Area, PG&E spokesperson Megan McFarland said the utility company is preparing for the storms by using technology to determine where it’s likely to hit hardest.

“We’re bringing crews from the less-impacted areas into the very hard-hit areas so we can make repairs more efficiently,” McFarland said. “Another thing we’re doing is prestaging equipment at some of our hard-hit yards, that is stuff like transformers, wires, poles — equipment that is often damaged during storms. So this way, equipment is ready to go and our crews can get out there quickly and make repairs when they have a chance to do so.”

For continuing coverage on how other California agencies are responding to storm problems, click here.





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