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Storm Drenches Bay Area

A big winter storm lashed the Bay Area Wednesday, leaving behind flooding, outages and mud.
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SLIDESHOW: Images Of The Storm

Bay Area drivers faced a nasty commute Wednesday as they made their way through dozens of accidents and back ups, high winds and driving rains.

An entire neighborhood in Daly City was digging out late Wednesday, as Marianne Favro reported. Homes were filled with mud and many of the belongings were ruined.

In the East Bay, rain had stopped by 5 p.m. PT, but winds were still strong, NBC11's Cheryl Hurd reported. Earlier accidents were a common site around the Bay earlier Wednesday including a rollover on Highway 4 Hurd reported.

NBC11's Jean Elle said the Mission District was hard hit in San Francisco Wednesday. Homes and businesses spent most of the day under water.

The Santa Cruz Mountains were also drenched. Water covered some parts of Highways 17, 9 and 35. Residents who live near the San Lorenzo River are keeping a close eye on it.

In the South Bay, the Guadalupe River, which has a long history of flooding, did not flood but did trap a homeless man who had to be rescued, NBC11's Beth Willon reported.

At the height of the storm, more than 133,000 residents were without power, but only about 16,000 were without power Wednesday evening, Pacific Gas and Electric reported.

In other developments Wednesday:

  • The San Francisco Zoo closed early Wednesday afternoon because of the danger of trees falling on visitors.
  • Classes were also canceled at nearby San Francisco State University.
  • The Napa River was expected to crest later Wednesday evening.
  • In Daly City and Orinda, cars and homes were flooded.

The Bay Area coast was pounded by the highest waves in years. NBC11's Damian Trujillo said city workers in Pacifica had to block off part of the pier when tiles were blowing off a building. Boats in Half Moon Bay broke lose from their moorings and will have to be towed back in. Rangers in Santa Cruz expected big waves to return later Wednesday. Officials warned residents to stay away from the coast.

Watch NBC11 for more details on this winter storm.

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