SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — A uncommon August extreme storm system rolled by way of the San Francisco Bay Area early Sunday, packing a mixture of lightning and excessive winds that triggered wildfires all through the area.
PG&E webcams captured pictures of a relatively massive wildfire within the Santa Cruz Mountains at round 5:30 a.m. Additional strike groups had been rushed to the realm by 6 a.m. with excessive winds spreading the fireplace and threatening buildings.
— NWS Bay Area (@NWSBayArea) August 16, 2020
Marin County Fire reported at 4:15 a.m. that its crews had been “responding to numerous lightning strikes in the area of King Mountain and San Geronimo and throughout the county. No current evacuation orders or warnings in place.”
Downed PG&E strains had triggered energy outages from neighborhoods in San Rafael all the best way into western Marin County.
Calfire despatched crews to a lightning trigger fireplace within the space of 20730 Brush Road in Redwood Estates Area that originally threatened houses and compelled some evacuations earlier than ahead progress was halted round Four a.m. Another wildfire erupted close to Highway 1 north of Davenport and had grown to three acres.
Crews had been additionally dispatched to battle a rising vegetation fireplace within the space of 5201 Arroyo Road in Livermore. By 6:35 a.m, Calfire reported that firefighters had been aggressively attacking the 2-alarm Arroyo fireplace, being fueled an Eucalyptus grove, and holding it at 50 acres and with 50% containment.
#ArroyoFire (South Livermore) Firefighters are aggressively attacking the fireplace and it’s holding at 50 acres and at 50% containment. Extensive mop up because of a Eucalyptus grove. @calfireSCU @AlamedaCoFire @LP_FIRE1974 pic.twitter.com/itZQxIpmlj
— CAL FIRE SCU (@calfireSCU) August 16, 2020
Meanwhile, the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Department alerted that “law Enforcement and fire personnel are receiving multiple calls for service involving downed trees and powerlines. A few spot fires within the county have also been reported.”
Near Salinas, firefighters had been battling a rising 10-acre blaze in Pine Canyon.
— CAL FIRE BEU (@CALFIREBEU) August 16, 2020
The depth of the storm system triggered a extreme thunderstorm warning for all the San Francisco Bay Area as native residents had been woke up by the roar of thunder. The warning for Contra Costa, Alameda, Napa, San Francisco and Santa Clara counties was prolonged till eight a.m.
The climate service additionally issued a particular marine warning for the waters of San Francisco, San Pablo, Suisun Bays and the west Delta.
At 5:30 a.m., climate service radar was exhibiting that “frequent lightning still persists around the BayArea and the CentralCoast, as new storms are firing over the ocean and moving toward the San Mateo Peninsula.”
— Jeff (@Negative_Tilt) August 16, 2020
Bay Area residents took to social media with outstanding pictures of the storm.
Rare thunder and lightning storm over the SF Bay Area. pic.twitter.com/OZQC5wJjbk
— Paul Robbins Holland (@paulrholland) August 16, 2020
— JinxWinks (@jinxwinks) August 16, 2020
— monietenbroeck (@monietenbroeck) August 16, 2020
— 👩🏻💻🌉 (@hyegineer) August 16, 2020
The National Weather Service stated wind gusts generated by the fast-moving system had been being clocked as excessive as 66 mph. NWS Forecasters reported gusts of 66 mph on Atlas Peak, 65 mph at Hawkeye, 48 mph at St. St Helena, 45 mph on Mt. Tam and 42 mph on Mt Diablo.
“The cluster of severe thunderstorms are generating extremely strong erratic wind gusts which can cause downed trees, power lines, and other structural damage as well as difficulty driving,” NWS forecasters tweeted.
— CrashingOut (@crashingout) August 16, 2020
They additionally posted on Twitter a photograph of a large, uncommon “roll cloud” alongside the Santa Cruz Coast shortly earlier than three a.m.
— Jaden Schaul (@jadenschaul) August 16, 2020
The storm got here because the area has been locked right into a sweltering warmth wave. Record temperatures once more fell throughout the area on Saturday and the early morning rains would solely present a short respite. Forecasters predicted one other 4 days of temperatures within the triple digits within the inland areas.
It was dangerously sizzling for a lot of within the Bay Area, some even broke their file excessive for in the present day. Make positive you keep secure and climate conscious!#CAwx pic.twitter.com/n9n4nPCS9a
— NWS Bay Area (@NWSBayArea) August 16, 2020