Powerful Spring Storm Triggers Oakland Landslide, Bay Bridge Big Rig Blowover (PHOTO)
(BANT) – A rainy and gusty storm system has caused a number of major problems throughout the Bay Area since yesterday afternoon.
Fire officials in Oakland say a landslide forced some residents in the Oakland hills to evacuate their homes Thursday night.
The landslide occurred at about 8 p.m. near the 6700 block of Banning Drive, according to an Oakland Fire Department dispatcher.
While some residents have evacuated, it’s not clear if there are mandatory evacuations in place.
The strong winds from the storm are thought to be the cause of a big rig overturn on the Bay Bridge yesterday that blocked all westbound lanes just east of Treasure Island.
The CHP says it happened at 8:24 p.m. The lanes have since been reopened. There is no word on the condition of the driver.
And a little over 114,000 customers were without power as of Thursday night due to a storm. Most of the outages are occurring in the East Bay, where about 82,000 customers were affected. The largest outages were near Berkeley and near Newark.
PG&E crews have been working throughout the night to get the power restored.