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UPDATE: Rare August Thunderstorm Rocks San Francisco Bay Area; Lightning Strikes Spark Widespread Wildfires – CBS San Francisco


SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — A rare August severe storm method rolled by means of the San Francisco Bay Space early Sunday, packing a combination of dry lightning and higher winds that brought on wildfires throughout the location.

The Countrywide Weather conditions Support on Sunday extended a crimson flag hearth warning for the entire Bay Location till 11 a.m. Monday early morning.

“Any lightning strikes will probable lead to new fire begins provided the latest heat wave,” forecasters warned. “A secondary pulse of moisture and instability comes later on Sunday into early Monday.”

Sturdy storm cells ongoing to roll into the San Francisco Bay at 9 a.m. and had been lined up off the San Mateo coastline.

The Unique Temperature Statement will be authorized to expire at 9:30 am. Thunderstorms remain in the area with lightning nevertheless getting noticed.#CAwx pic.twitter.com/8c7d05rR9d

— NWS Bay Location (@NWSBayArea) August 16, 2020

Significant winds downed PG&E lines, triggering electric power outages from neighborhoods in San Rafael all the way into western Marin County. Utility officers reported there were 1000’s of other folks all through the Bay Area.

The main outages integrated fifteen,000 customers in Sonoma County, 8,000 in Marin County, six,000 in the San Lorenzo/Hayward spot and four,000 in South Bay, alongside with a big variety of more compact outages all around the area.

In Santa Clara County, hearth officers reported downed electricity traces sparked a fireplace in an unincorporated space on Brush Road close to condition Highway 17 that began just right before 3 a.m. and forced the evacuation of 20 people. It was contained by 6 a.m. right after burning a minor additional than an acre.

Lightning strikes 2 times over the San Francisco Bay at dawn. #thunderstorm #storm #Lightning pic.twitter.com/miDWFcmLy7

— Joe Vazquez (@joenewsman) August sixteen, 2020

Woke up early in Redwood Metropolis and grabbed my camera. This was the 2nd picture I took. #CAwx #Lightning pic.twitter.com/go4gcVOQk1

— John B (@bolhuijo) August 16, 2020

#lightning it’s still heading at 8am! pic.twitter.com/NcFRC4uuBc

— Brad (@bRadHMB) August sixteen, 2020

Bay Spot firefighters were being active as the storm moved by way of.

PG&E webcams captured visuals of a rather substantial wildfire in the Santa Cruz Mountains at close to five:thirty a.m. Further strike teams have been rushed to the spot by 6 a.m. with higher winds spreading the fire and threatening buildings. Air guidance was asked for to start off at daylight.

Wildfire detected in the vicinity of Bonny Doon in Santa Cruz mtns:https://t.co/X1ueJqiIBc pic.twitter.com/jFrIqMlFNJ

— NWS Bay Place (@NWSBayArea) August sixteen, 2020

Marin County Hearth noted at 4:15 a.m. that its crews ended up “responding to a lot of lightning strikes in the area of King Mountain and San Geronimo and in the course of the county. No latest evacuation orders or warnings in area.”

Hearth crews had been able to promptly contained a vegetation fire burning on the ridges on the Zig Zag Path. Smoke was also witnessed from a modest fireplace on Mt. Tam.

Marin County doing work many little lights fires. Smoke Is visible on Mount Tam below Throckmorton Station. No recent evacuations orders or warnings in Marin County. pic.twitter.com/1Z0nxilqNJ

— Marin County Fire (@marincountyfire) August sixteen, 2020

Calfire despatched crews to a lightning bring about fireplace in the place of 20730 Brush Road in Redwood Estates Area that to begin with threatened houses and pressured some evacuations in advance of forward progress was halted all-around four a.m. One more wildfire erupted close to Freeway 1 north of Davenport and had developed to three acres.

Crews ended up also dispatched to struggle a rising vegetation fireplace in the region of 5201 Arroyo Road in Livermore.

pic.twitter.com/yKFTJ9dgGh

— Alameda County Fire (@AlamedaCoFire) August 16, 2020

By six:35 a.m, Calfire noted that firefighters had aggressively attacked the 2-alarm Arroyo fire, a blaze fueled an Eucalyptus grove, and experienced held it at fifty acres and with fifty% containment.

Meanwhile, the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Division alerted that “law enforcement and fireplace personnel are getting many phone calls for assistance involving downed trees and powerlines. A number of location fires inside of the county have also been claimed.”

⁦@MaryKPIX⁩ ⁦@ROrozcoKTVU⁩ Pleasanton Dublin pic.twitter.com/QKylREvokY

— Rick Martinez (@hobielife) August 16, 2020

The @NWS has issued significant thunderstorm warnings for N CA & the lightning developed by these storms has currently led to various fires starting up. A wildfire can spark at any time so it is crucial for you and your family members to continue to be well prepared. Study additional at https://t.co/sWZPp02O9t pic.twitter.com/Jnvzl7602Y

— CAL Fire (@CAL_Hearth) August sixteen, 2020

In Contra Costa County, there have been numerous fires in the spot of Morgan Territory and Marsh Creek streets around Mt. Diablo State Park. Officials stated the fires have been putting out a good deal of smoke, but not threatening structures. Units from Cal Hearth, the Contra Costa County Fireplace Protection District and San Ramon Valley Fireplace Safety District ended up between all those who responded.

Extra new fires commencing, most possible from lightning. This 1 out in the Diablo Assortment of Santa Clara county.https://t.co/bREsU5bfjs pic.twitter.com/IdUGOCFqed

— NWS Bay Region (@NWSBayArea) August 16, 2020

In the South Bay close to Salinas, firefighters were being battling a growing 20-acre blaze in Pine Canyon.

#RiverFire S of Salinas (Monterey Co) at the moment twenty acres, 5% contained. No buildings threatened, no evacuations pic.twitter.com/BJgdcOWq1S

— CAL Hearth BEU (@CALFIREBEU) August 16, 2020

The smoke-loaded Bay Place skies also led to an air high quality advisory remaining issued through Monday.

“Numerous lightning strikes overnight have sparked wildfires across the location,” air quality officers reported Sunday. “Air good quality may deteriorate in areas in close proximity to or downwind of the fires…If the scent of smoke is present, it is essential that Bay Spot residents secure their health by avoiding publicity.”

The intensity of the storm system triggered an early early morning severe thunderstorm warning for the whole San Francisco Bay Place. The warning for Contra Costa, Alameda, Napa, San Francisco and Santa Clara counties was prolonged right until 8 a.m. and even soon after it expired the lightning and thunder ongoing.

The climate services also issued a exclusive maritime warning for the waters of San Francisco, San Pablo, Suisun Bays and the west Delta.

Wild lightning tonight alongside the coast, as found from Pacifica, CA. #CAwx @NWSBayArea pic.twitter.com/WJhvq7l7lg

— Jeff (@Unfavorable_Tilt) August sixteen, 2020

Bay Space inhabitants also took to social media with extraordinary visuals of the lightning storm.

Exceptional thunder and lightning storm over the SF Bay Spot. pic.twitter.com/OZQC5wJjbk

— Paul Robbins Holland (@paulrholland) August 16, 2020

Summer season in San Francisco🥰 #Lightning #SundayMorning #BayArea pic.twitter.com/0r0cr1LzB8

— Kayla Chan (@kayylachan) August sixteen, 2020

Woke up to this in the Bay Area now #lightning pic.twitter.com/soFjXWTk4V

— Snigdha Goyal (@snigdha_goyal) August sixteen, 2020

The Countrywide Temperature Assistance explained wind gusts produced by the quickly-transferring procedure have been becoming clocked as large as sixty six mph. NWS Forecasters reported gusts of 66 mph on Atlas Peak, 65 mph at Hawkeye, 48 mph at St. St Helena, forty five mph on Mt. Tam and forty two mph on Mt Diablo.

“The cluster of serious thunderstorms are making really robust erratic wind gusts which can cause downed trees, electric power traces, and other structural injury as nicely as problems driving,” NWS forecasters tweeted.

@NBCNews @NWSBayArea @SPaulsonKTVU @RobMayeda @jimcantore @temperature_west
#lightning #bayarea #thunderstorms pic.twitter.com/UPqUGr6x3v

— CrashingOut (@crashingout) August sixteen, 2020

They also posted on Twitter a picture of a significant, uncommon “roll cloud” alongside the Santa Cruz Coastline soon just before three a.m.

A enormous rapid-going clear “Roll Cloud” impacted the Santa Cruz Coastline shortly before three a.m. Sunday early morning. #CAwx @RobMayeda @Temperature_West @danncianca pic.twitter.com/jFSmWGyxiA

— Jaden Schaul (@jadenschaul) August 16, 2020

The storm came as the location has been locked into a sweltering heat wave. Report temperatures yet again fell across the region on Saturday and the early early morning rains would only deliver a short respite. Forecasters predicted an additional four times of temperatures in the triple digits in the inland places.

It was dangerously sizzling for several in the Bay Area, some even broke their document large for nowadays. Make certain you remain harmless and temperature mindful!#CAwx pic.twitter.com/n9n4nPCS9a

— NWS Bay Spot (@NWSBayArea) August sixteen, 2020

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