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San Francisco Chronicle: Storm batters Bay Area

We had a wicked winter storm blow through the San Francisco area yesterday, a day after a smaller version hit on Friday. We lost power again yesterday afternoon for about six hours.

Winds were far stronger than in Friday’s storm. By nightfall, the storm’s second wave had added some 280,000 homes to the list of those sitting in the dark, up from about 26,000 as of 3 a.m. Saturday, said Michael McColl, a spokesman for Pacific Gas and Electric Co. The South Bay, Peninsula and North Bay were hardest hit, he said.

Marin County usually gets the most rainfall from these storms and yesterday was no exception.

Last night, rainfall totals since the system moved in Friday were impressive. As of 8 p.m., Kentfield received the highest reported total with 9.67 inches of rain, weather service officials said. Novato received a total rainfall of 5.21 inches, while San Rafael received nearly 7.5 inches. In southern Marin, Mill Valley received a total rainfall of 3.98, and in West Marin, Point Reyes got a total of 3.80 inches.

We took advantage of a lull in the storm this morning to dash out and pick up our Christmas tree. This was to be the tree trimming weekend in our household — but yesterday’s wind and rain slowed us down a bit!

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