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Winds fell trees, knock out power around North Coast, Bay Area

  • Santa Rosa Fire Captain Jack Thompson examines a tree that was blown down by strong winds, landing on three cars parked at a parking lot beside 844 Fourth Street in Santa Rosa, Calif., on November 21, 2013. (Alvin Jornada / The Press Democrat)

"We do appreciate customers' patience, and we want to get lights back on as quickly as possible," Morris said.

Sonoma County seemed to bear the brunt of the winds, but in PG&E's Humboldt division, which includes Humboldt, Lake and Mendocino counties, 4,100 households were without power late Thursday night, Morris said. But the weather took a toll there too. At one point, four roads in Potter Valley were closed due to downed power lines.

Heavy winds and power failures were reported throughout the Bay Area, with Sonoma County and the East Bay being particularly hard-hit.

Wind Damage In Santa Rosa, Bay Area

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Trees were down throughout the region. In Petaluma, a tree reportedly fell on a car driving down Highway 101, fouling traffic during the evening commute.

At a little after 7 p.m. in Santa Rosa, a woman outside the Fourth Street Verizon stared, downcast, in the direction of her Dodge van as the wind whipped leaves across the parking lot.

A large tree had fallen on the van, and she was waiting for the fire department to return so that she could retrieve her keys. She said it had seemed like any other windy Sonoma County day until she left Verizon and saw her car.

"I've had a lot of bad luck lately; I think I need to get baptized again or something," said the woman, who only gave her first name, Karen.

In Sonoma, a large pine tree fell in the driveway of the bed and breakfast Darlene Anderson manages.

"It missed my car by four feet," she said. "I've never seen winds this extreme, and I'm a native Californian."

Emergency officials said the wind kept them busy throughout the night but that it hadn't led to any major fires or accidents by 9:30 p.m.


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