As promised, heavy rain fell across the Bay Area on Friday morning with higher elevations recording more than two inches of rain as of mid-morning.
The second in a series of storms this week caused some issues on Bay Area roadways and resulted in power outages to almost 55,000. By 5 a.m. Friday, there were various reports of flooding in the Bay Area, including a highway underpass in San Jose in which at least two cars were stuck in about four feet of standing water.
The overnight rainfall in the Bay Area was enough to send the seasonal total in San Francisco to 7.92 inches, ensuring this rainfall season would not be the driest since records began in 1849, according meteorologist Jan Null of Golden Gate Weather Services. The record for least amount of rainfall in San Francisco was recorded in 1850 at 7.42 inches.
Roughly 55,000 Pacific Gas & Electric customers in the Bay Area have lost power since the storm began. Power had been restored to all but 337 of them by 6 p.m.
The most outages were in the North Bay, where 143 remained without power Friday evening. In the East Bay, 22 customers were without electricity. Many of those customers were impacted, not by the storm, but by a fatal traffic collision in Pittsburg that damaged five PG&E poles.
Other 6 p.m. totals included: 132 in San Francisco, 3 on the Peninsula, 37 in the South Bay, and 2,290 in the Santa Cruz and Monterey areas along the Central Coast.
Many parts of the Bay Area came close to recording one inch of rain in the 24-hour span that ended at 4 p.m. Friday, including San Jose (.94 inches) and Oakland (0.73 inches), while San Francisco (1.08 inches) and Concord (1.15 inches) gathered higher totals. Higher elevation received more than two inches of rain, including Ben Lomond (2.28 ) and Mt. Umunhum (2.20 inches).
The heavy doses of rain caused havoc on the morning commute. The California Highway Patrol is reporting numerous instances of spinouts, ponding and flooding on Bay Area roadways, including one spot in San Jose where two drivers got stuck in deep water under a freeway overpass.
All lanes of southbound Highway 87 were closed Friday morning after a vehicle spun out and got caught in water.
Friday morning the Federal Aviation Administration issued a ground delay for San Francisco because of rain and wind, San Francisco International Airport spokesman Larry Mares said.
Passengers were experiencing one to two hour delays for all flights, Mares said.
As of mid-afternoon, 139 flights had been canceled -- 69 departures and 70 arrivals.
"We encourage people to call their airlines before heading to the airport," he said. "Save yourself a headache."
The National Weather Service is also reporting strong winds and has issued a wind advisory that ended mid-morning.
About 6:15 a.m., officers reopened all lanes of westbound Highway 24 in Oakland after a fatal crash blocked the roadway for more than an hour, according to the California Highway Patrol.
At least one other person was taken to a local hospital to be treated for minor injuries following the 4:46 a.m. wreck near the 51st Street on-ramp just east of Interstate 580, said Officer Ron Simmons.
The cause of the crash was not immediately known, Simmons said.
A crash outside of Clayton on Marsh Creek Road closed traffic in both directions for about 1¿1/2 hours and sent one person to the hospital, according to the CHP.
The crash between a Mazda and Acura occurred at 6:50 a.m. in the 12000 block of Marsh Creek Road, according to CHP Officer John Franzen. When officers arrived they found at least one person trapped and unconscious in one of the vehicles, according to the CHP.
Traffic on Marsh Creek Road reopened at 8:45 a.m.
In Oakland, Rick Lopez spent the early morning unloading refrigerated food for a sandwich shop at Broadway and 20th Street. Lopez, a truck driver, said the wet roadways weren't too bad as he made a commute from Sacramento to Oakland in about 90 minutes.
"The hardest part about driving is that people jump in front of the truck and cut me off, and that's really dangerous when the roads are wet because I have to slam on my brakes and can skid," Lopez said.
Across the Bay in San Francisco, a normally bustling downtown Market Street area was empty just after 6 a.m. Only one man carrying an umbrella and briefcase was seen crossing Market at Battery streets.
Just before 7:40 a.m. passersby reported a rock slide involving rocks the size of bowling balls along Marsh Creek Road at Deer Valley near Clayton, according to the CHP.
The weather service also issued a wind advisory along the coastline and through the East Bay Hills through Friday morning. At 8 a.m. the weather service reported a wind gust of 64 mph in the Santa Cruz Mountains near Los Gatos.
Although San Mateo County emergency officials issued a flash flood warning at 7:10 a.m. Friday, by 7:45 a.m. it was called off. Sheriff's Office spokesperson Rebecca Rosenblatt confirmed no significant rain-related problems were reported throughout the morning.
"It pretty much stopped raining," Rosenblatt said. "The whole county in general hasn't had any news."
In East Palo Alto, Daphne Way resident Terry Brown worried that San Francisquito Creek would overflow, as it did in December 2012.
Higher levee walls have since been installed and he was relieved Friday morning to wake up and find no muddy flood waters on his street.
Staff writers Karina Ioffee, Aaron Kinney, Bonnie Eslinger and Rick Hurd contributed to this report. Contact Mark Gomez at 408-920-5869. Follow him on Twitter @MarkMgomez.