Atmospheric River Storm Wreaks Havoc on the Bay Area

Counties across the Bay Area reported downed trees, power lines and other damage caused by the atmospheric river storm Tuesday night and early Wednesday.

As of 6:30 a.m. Wednesday, power was out for 27,000 customers as fierce winds and rain battered the region, PG&E reported. 

The outages by region were as follows: 10,127 in the East Bay, 5,295 in the North Bay, 10,824 in the South Bay, 797 on the Peninsula, and 384 in San Francisco. Find the latest on PG&E outages here.

A major freeway connector in the South Bay was shut down early Wednesday morning because of a jackknifed big-rig. The ramp from southbound Interstate 680 to southbound Highway 101 in San Jose was closed at about 4 p.m., with no estimated time for reopening, according to the California Highway Patrol.

A jackknifed big-rig on the Bay Bridge late Tuesday also was involved in a crash that blocked lanes of the span for some time.

Wind gusts reached 55 mph in Point Richmond, 68 mph at Las Trampas Regional Wilderness, and 77 mph on Mt. Diablo, according to the National Weather Service.

The peak at Alpine Meadows ski resort near Lake Tahoe had a 125 mph (201 kph) wind gust, the weather service said.

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