California pounded by fierce storm

Thousands are without power, transit and schools close

December 11, 2014

The storm pummeling the Bay Area, one of its biggest in years, has left 155,000 San Francisco homes and businesses without power Thursday morning, closed BART stations and caused 230 flights to be canceled.

Hundreds of schools in California are closed today, ferries stopped running and some mass transit was ground to a halt as the Bay Area braced for what some are calling the “storm of the century” that could lead to high winds and up to five inches of rain.

More than 100,000 students are staying home, and others struggled to get around through the blustery and rain soaked area.

The moisture-packed storm, which is technically known as an atmospheric river, has been dubbed the “Pineapple Express” because of its Hawaiian origins.

At San Francisco International Airport, 111 outgoing flights and 122 inbound flights were canceled as of Thursday morning, according to Inbound flights were delayed by an average of 3 hours, 40 minutes.

The storm, billed as one of the most powerful to hit the state in years, was living up to the hype Thursday, with powerful winds uprooting trees and rain pouring over the northern half of the state.

Forecasters said a wind gust at Mount Lincoln, northwest of Lake Tahoe, was clocked at 107 mph. In Contra Costa County, a big rig ran into a tree that was blown down by the wind onto Interstate 80, temporarily blocking three lanes.

“The wind is actually pretty intense this morning,” said Brian Garcia, a senior forecaster at the National Weather Service’s Eureka office. “There’s quite a bit of rain.”

Over the last 24 hours, the northern-most block of the state has seen up to 4 inches of rain and winds averaging more than 30 mph. The Navarro River in Mendocino County is expected to swell from 10 feet to 30 feet by Friday, official said. Flash flood advisories were issued for Marin, Napa and Sonoma counties early Thursday.

Forecasters estimate up to 8 inches of rain could fall in some areas.

Californians aren’t the only ones facing Mother Nature’s dark side today as parts of Interstate 81 in upstate New York is closed due to a massive snowfall.

More than two feet fell in the area on Wednesday and an additional 4 to 8 inches are expected today.

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