Several commutes were snarled this morning with high winds causing trees to fall around the city — blocking traffic, felling power lines and damaging parked cars.
The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department issued a weather advisory this morning and urged residents to call 311 to report fallen trees for removal. Public Works issued a similar statement via Twitter last night.
Storm watch #SF: Rain is falling and the winds are getting stronger. It’s a good time to remind folks to report downed trees and hanging tree limbs to @SF311. We have extra crews on hand to respond. #StaySafe pic.twitter.com/jiPqv58O44— SF Public Works (@sfpublicworks) February 13, 2019
Sigmund Stern Grove will be closed today due to high winds, along with all city golf courses, Rec and Park announced in a Tweet. Additionally, Chain of Lakes Drive and MLK Jr. Drive at 25th Avenue in Golden Gate Park will be closed for the next few hours while crews work to remove a downed tree. Traffic is being rerouted.
Residents are also advised to avoid Scott at Hayes street. Hoodline tipster Razmig H. spotted a fallen tree near Alamo Square on Scott Street facing northbound toward Hayes, which appeared to be blocking traffic as of 8:30 a.m. today.
KRON 4 Meteorologist John Shrable Tweeted just after 8 a.m. that "garbage cans [were] strewn about by strong winds gusting as high as 60-70 miles per hour last night," flooding roads with rain, mud and trees blocking city streets.
My drive into work this morning... Dodging garbage cans strewn about by strong winds gusting as high at 60-70 mph last night. Seeing viewers pictures of flooded roadways as well as trees and mud blocking roads for those leaving their homes. #CAwx pic.twitter.com/xS43jg4iO1— John Shrable (@JohnShrable) February 14, 2019
Muni lines may be affected, as well; riders are encouraged to check SFMTA's Twitter feed for live updates and allow extra time for commuting, said spokesperson Erica Kato via email.
The National Weather Services issued a high wind warning yesterday that remains in effect until at least 10 a.m. today. Residents should expect southbound winds at 25-35 miles per hour with gusts up to 55 miles per hour along the coast, bay shoreline and hills above 1,000 feet. "Scattered power outages are expected," the agency reported.
[Update: 10:44 a.m.] Public Works spokesperson Rachel Gordon tells Hoodline that roughly 65 trees and limbs have fallen during the storm, though no injuries have been reported. Crews will be working overnight to clear debris, Gordon added.
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