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2 trees keel over onto Valley Avenue as storm batters Pleasanton, Tri-Valley

Area weathers heavy intermitten showers as more rain stays in forecast

Two large trees keeled over yesterday on Valley Avenue between Greenwood Road and Santa Rita Road as heavy rains drenched Pleasanton and the Tri-Valley.

The storms are expected to continue today with intermittent breaks and with a high temperature at mid-day of only 4 degrees. The National Weather Service forecasts another inch of rain today and again tonight with a low temperature of 42 degrees.

For Friday, the chance of showers falls to 60 percent from today's 90 percent and the thermometer is expected to reach 52 degrees by mid-day.

The weekend looks even better, with the Weather Service forecasting "partly cloudy" skies and little chance of rain, at least not so far.

On Valley Avenue yesterday, crews used chainsaws to chop off portions of the two trees, which were planted next to each other and tore through a cinderblock wall. The limbs of the trees, a California Redwood and a spruce, had been protruding onto Valley and were blocking traffic.

City spokeswoman Joanne Hall said "the tree appeared healthy, but the wind and saturated roots were probably the reason it fell."

Because the trees are on private property, the owner is responsible for the rest of the removal of the tree, Hall said.

"The wall is a city-owned sound wall and we will work with the owners of the property to discuss its repair," Hall added.

The city implemented its Emergency Operations Center at its Operations Center and had crews responding all day to calls of debris in the roadway, fallen trees and other emergencies.

A total of 500 sandbags have gone out so far to residents, and another 1,300 are available at no cost to Pleasanton residents. The limit is 10 per vehicle.

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PG&E crews worked overnight to restore power to thousands of Bay Area residents affected by storm-related outages.

At 8 a.m. today, about 5,000 customers remained without power, including 2,370 in the East Bay, 2,320 in the South Bay, 180 on the Peninsula

and 140 in the North Bay.

Tens of thousand of residents have lost power due to this week's storms. PG&E crews are working to restore service.

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SFO reports weather-related flight delays

San Francisco International Airport was reporting weather-related flight delays of 15 to 45 minutes through much of Wednesday. Airport duty manager Bob Rotiski said the delays could lengthen and are expected to last through the rest of the week if storms continue.

At Mineta San Jose International Airport, spokesman David Vossbrink reported strong winds and lots of rain Wednesday but good visibility and no major delays. No delays were reported at Oakland International Airport.

United Airlines issued a weather travel waiver for flights passing through Oakland, San Jose, San Francisco and Sacramento airports Wednesday, making it easier for passengers to reschedule flights without a fee.

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Alameda-Oakland ferry service cancelled

Stormy weather has prompted the cancellation of Alameda-Oakland Ferry service until further notice, a spokesman said Wednesday morning. However, the Alameda Harbor Bay Ferry was running as scheduled, ferry manager Ernest Sanchez said. Golden Gate Ferry service also was operating on its normal schedule.

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Tree falls onto Treasure Island off-ramp, causing traffic backup

A tree fell onto the Treasure Island off-ramp from eastbound Interstate Highway 80 on the Bay Bridge, causing a traffic backup, a California Highway Patrol officer said.

The tree fell at about 8:15 a.m., partially blocking the off-ramp, CHP Officer Peter Van Eckhardt said. No one was injured. Crews later removed the tree from the roadway.

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SF zoo closed due to storms

The San Francisco Zoo closed Wednesday for the second day in a row due to the storms that have drenched the Bay Area this week, a zoo spokeswoman said.

The zoo has not experienced any serious damage related to the storm, but there has been flooding and tree limbs have cracked and fallen, spokeswoman Gwendolyn Tornatore said. It has not yet been decided when the zoo will re-open.

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Check here for up-to-the-minute reports on weather and conditions that are affecting Pleasanton, Tri-Valley residents and commuters.

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