Bay Area/ San Francisco/ Parks & Nature
Published on October 28, 2019
Downed trees, damaged power lines, delayed public transport all due to high winds on SundayA downed tree blocked N-Judah service at Judah Street and 44th Avenue. | Photo: Anonymous

With wind gusts up to 45 mph in the city on Sunday according to the National Weather Service, the San Francisco Fire Department said they responded to over 50 wind-related incidents yesterday.

Around 9:45 a.m., inbound and outbound N-Judah trains were delayed at Judah Street and 44th Avenue due to a fallen tree blocking tracks. Bus shuttles were put in place. 

Then, at 10:20 a.m., SFFD said a tree and low-voltage power lines fell down at 240 Corona St on four adults, trapping one, causing an avoid the area warning. All victims were rescued in "a detailed and technical rescue", officials said. They were transported to area hospitals with minor to moderate non-life threatening injuries for evaluation.

Later, a large tree came down at Guerrero Street (and Cesar Chavez).

On Sunday, the 28-19th Avenue bus was also briefly delayed in the morning hours at Geary and Park Presidio boulevards due to a downed tree on the overhead lines.

Twitter users also reported more downed trees across the city.

Dozens of 311 requests for trees and branches that couldn't withstand the gusts were filed on Sunday.

Ingleside's Cane Avenue saw a downed tree partially blocking the street. | Photo: 311
Over on Sunset Boulevard (at Kirkham) in the Outer Sunset, a tree was downed as well. | Photo: 311
A fallen tree was seen leaning on a fire hydrant near 9th and Mendosa avenues in Forest Hill. | Photo: 311
This tree collapsed on the Funston Avenue Sidewalk (between California and Clement) in the Inner Richmond. | Photo: 311
Tree down at Lincoln Way and 7th Avenue across the street from Golden Gate Park. | Photo: 311

With ongoing high winds, the San Francisco Department of Public Health said residents should prepare themselves for power outages due to downed trees and power lines in San Francisco. If safety is not impacted by a downed tree, it's best to call 311. SFFD urged to not approach downed wires, but instead to call 911.

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