Heavy rainfall dumped buckets of precipitation around the Bay Area and left nearly 340,000 PG&E customers without power over the weekend. Most have had power restored and skies have cleared, but forecasters warn not put away that umbrella just yet.
"We are expecting rain to move back into the North Bay early tomorrow morning and likely stick around through Wednesday, said NWS Meteorologist Christine Riley.
Riley predicted more rainfall to start in Sonoma County and Napa early Tuesday, then move into the rest of the Bay Area later that morning into the afternoon.
A five-day rain total issued Monday by the National Weather Services showed San Francisco County recorded 3.78 inches of rain, Oakland 3.84inches, and Concord 4.67 inches. At the San Jose Airport, meteorologists recorded 2.45 inches of rain and Livermore had 3.71 inches.
In San Mateo County, Redwood City was hit with 2.73 inches of rainfall and 3.78 inches of rain was recorded at San Francisco International Airport.
The third and most powerful of the recent "Pineapple Express" storms swept over the Bay Area on Sunday morning, dumping heavy rain on a region already soaked.
Trees and power lines toppled, crashes cropped up on slippery roadways and thousands were without power, including BART riders who were stranded on subway cars during a one-hour outage early Sunday morning.
The storm, which began Thursday, impacted a total 339,409 customers around the
Specifically, in the East Bay, 543 customers were without power. In the North Bay 522 people were affected and 37 customers were without power in San Francisco.
"Of those remaining scattered outages, power is expected to be back up by mid to late afternoon," King said. "We're working as quickly and safely as possible."
Measured by rainfall and wind, it was one of the most powerful storm events since October 2009, said Jan Null, a meteorologist with the Golden Gate Weather Services. Pineapple Express is a term for warm weather fronts that start in the southwest Pacific and head toward California. This one started north of Hawaii, Null said.
"It was a pretty significant series of storms," he said. The storms actually swept through over a five-day period from Wednesday to Sunday, allowing some time for saturated areas to drain out. "If we had no breaks, it could have been worse."
The weekend deluge was also responsible for a giant sinkhole in Lafayette that may take several months to fix, a city official said.
In Santa Cruz, county road officials said pounding rain and high winds washed out Vine Hill Road. Crews on Sunday afternoon closed the roadway in both directions at Mile Marker Two, near Camino Vista at the upper end of the road, said Bob Leporini, the county's assistant road superintendent. He said it was not yet clear how long it would take to repair the road.
For Monday, forecasters predict partly cloudy skies for most of the Bay Area, with light winds and daytime temperatures in the low 60s.
The rest of the week should bring mostly cloudy skies and a chance of rain, but nothing like the triple-storm that just passed. The skies should clear up next weekend but high temperatures should remain in the mid-60s and drop into the upper 40s at night.
The Santa Cruz Sentinel contributed to this report. Contact Natalie Neysa Alund at 510-293-2469. Follow her at Twitter.com/nataliealund.