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Monday, October 28, 2013

Crazy Winds Knock Over Big Rigs on Altamont Pass

Posted By on Mon, Oct 28, 2013 at 8:01 AM

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Last night, violent winds ripped through the Bay Area, knocking down scaffolds, trees, ruining perfectly coiffed hair, and yes, flipping big rigs that were carting goods across the treacherous Altamont Pass.

According to KTVU, five big rigs and one truck flipped over during the night as 50 mph winds blew threw the region, giving us a little warning of what's to come: chilly weather and more wind.

Here's a brief roundup of the mess this wind created across the Bay Area:

  • In Antioch, a father and his baby were lying in bed relaxing at about 6:30 p.m. when a tree crashed through the roof of their home. The father was struck and is being treated for his injuries, but the baby was unharmed;

  • Scaffolding in Emeryville blew over in front of a Forever 21 and Victoria's Secret store on Bay Street, crashing into several parked cars;

  • In San Francisco, the city Public Works Department was scrambling to deal with downed trees all over the place, including Van Ness Avenue, Pine Street, Valencia and 20th streets and Third and 20th streets;

  • In all , PG&E reported that more than 17,000 customers were without power, thanks to downed utility lines.

And now, commuters are facing high wind warnings for local bridges this morning.

Fall is here -- or at least the Bay Area's version of it.

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Erin Sherbert

Erin Sherbert

Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.


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