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Friday, January 04, 2008

California is Under Attack

... by Mother Nature.

One of the wildest storms in recent memory is pounding across the Bay Area as we speak. Gusting winds around 60mph in the populated areas, and a sheeting, unrelenting rain has been pummeling the area since early this morning.

The roads are absolute carnage. The Richmond-San Rafael bridge was closed earlier because the wind was knocking trucks over on their sides. A downed powerline closed Highway 17, an important freeway link from the South Bay to Santa Cruz. And the commute across the Bay Area was nothing short of chaotic this morning, with accidents and crawling traffic across every major freeway.




I am so fortunate to have the option of working from home today. Not only is it treacherous out there, I really like to keep my car in one piece, not run over by a speeding, Starbucks-drinking, cell-phone chatting SUV driver who doesn't understand the concept of slowing down and paying attention in bad weather.

I am relatively safe in my home, with power and utilities still intact.

Rick and Rakesh, not so much.

They are hunkered down in Tahoe City, near Lake Tahoe, where the forecast calls for up to 10 feet of snow and Category 4 hurricane-strength winds.

Bundle up, boys. It's going to be a rough ride for you these next few days.

[Links: Photos of the damage, Rescues]

1 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Those storms were amazing friday was absoloutly crazy we had 7 calls for my dept and one powerline that was arcing that we sat by for 13 hours waiting for pg&e. Have fun
a drew

January 10, 2008 at 8:05:00 PM PST  

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