Storm Report: Downed Trees, Collapsed Scaffolding, Power Outages Cause Headaches Around SF

Storm Report: Downed Trees, Collapsed Scaffolding, Power Outages Cause Headaches Around SF
Photo: SFFD
By Rose Garrett - Published on January 08, 2017.

As a major storm moves through the Bay Area, city crews are rushing to deal with multiple reports of downed trees, some on vehicles, buildings or blocking lanes of traffic.

At 166 Brookdale Ave. near McLaren Park, two families have been displaced after a large tree fell into their homes at around 7:30am this morning:

In the Lower Haight, tipster Curtis H. noted a downed tree on Fell Street:

Full grown tree down on Fell street around 7:30am. Between Scott and Divisadero. Someone's brand new Porsche unharmed! No people or cars were hurt. Just a tree blocking the whole sidewalk. Two fire trucks arrived 20 min later and are already removing.

No injuries were reported, per the SFFD.

CBS reports that a homeless man was trapped under a fallen tree in Golden Gate Park this morning. A gardener who was checking trees in the area of Beach Chalet "heard someone screaming for help,” according to San Francisco Fire Battalion Chief Steve Bokura.

Crews managed to free the man shortly before 9am, and though he was uninjured by the tree, he's been taken to the hospital to be treated for hypothermia.

A slew of fallen trees have been reported by SFFD over the course of the day, including:

  • At 619 Mt. Vernon Ave., where a tree fell into an attic (no injuries).
  • At 1350 Turk St. (at Fillmore), where a fallen tree blocked a lane of traffic (9:30am).
  • At 19th Avenue at Wawona, where a fallen tree blocked the northbound bike lane (9:31am).
  • On Bernal Heights Boulevard, where the road was closed to traffic after a tree fell across the road (9:38am).
  • At Church and Cumberland, adjacent to Dolores Park (9:41am).
  • At 20th and Guerrero (10:14am).
  • At Pine & Leavenworth, where traffic was affected (10:16am).
  • At 2198 Funston Ave., where a tree fell into a building, with no injuries reported (11:37am).
  • On Bryant west of Seventh Street, where a fallen tree crushed a vehicle and blocked a lane of traffic (12:24pm). 
  • In the Mission, fallen trees have been reported at 20th & Guerrero, 19th & Dolores, and 20th & Valencia.
  • All lanes of traffic were blocked by a fallen tree at 19th Avenue and Crossover Drive (at Lincoln) this morning at around 10:30am, and they remain closed as of 1:30pm.

Collapsed scaffolding on the former Donut World building at Market Street at Seventh has traffic closed in both directions of the street at 2pm, with no injuries reported. Muni buses are rerouting around the intersection.

Collapsed scaffolding had also been reported at 3560 California St. and at Market & Fell (no injuries reported). 

Tipster Zach L. wrote in about the latter incident:

You guys know how the Little Griddle at 10th and Market has been closed for renovations for months and months and they never seem to do any construction work and that "we'll be back" sign is just there taunting us as the construction barriers get tagged with fresh graffiti every other day? Yeah, they seem to have suffered a slight setback: the scaffolding fell down in the storm.
Photo: Zach L.

DPW crews cleared a fallen tree on Richland Bridge (over San Jose Avenue) earlier this morning.

Tipser Ruth C. wrote in to note another tree down at Union and Hyde:

Photo: Ruth C.

More downed trees have been reported at Brazil & Athens in the Excelsior, 22nd & Folsom in the Mission, Golden Gate and Kittredge Terrace, and at both 73 Gladys St. and Precita Avenue (at Precita Park) in Bernal.

Golden Gate and Kittredge Terrace. | Photo: Tyler C.

Meanwhile, power outages have been reported around the city, with 66 outages affecting 9,188 customers as of 11am. To check the status and possible cause of any outage near you, check PG&E's outage map, which is updated every 15 minutes.

Outages as of 11am.

The Chronicle reports that weather-related issues, including outages and debris on the tracks, have caused major delays on BART between Balboa Park and Daly City this morning.

And there are flooding and lane closures reported along the Embarcadero. (Traffic reopened along Embarcadero around 11am.)

We'll continue updating this story as the day progresses.

To report non-emergency fallen trees, call 311. And if you see downed trees, flooding or other storm-related incidents around town, send them our way via [email protected], or text them to (415) 200-3233.