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Storm Gives Us Thunder, Lightning, Popping Transformers, Heavy Rain – And A New Sink Hole In Orinda

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Our recent storm cycle has claimed one life, brought down trees and transformers, soaked us with heavy rain and provided a lightning and thunder show as it moved through the 24/680 and pushed east early Wednesday morning.

And it has apparently left us with a new sink hole – this one at Camino Lenada in Orinda. As a result, Miner Road is closed at Camino Pablo and at Camino Sobrante, and is expected to remain closed for approximately three weeks.

Primary Detour for the Miner Road street closure is as follows:
Camino Pablo to Camino Sobrante, left on El Ribero, then back onto Camino Sobrante to Miner

Secondary detour: 
Camino Pablo to Manzanita Drive to Bobolink Road to Alta Vista to Camino don Miguel to Camino Sobrante

Along with moderate flooding and power outages, the storm left the ground sodden and many older trees with a tenuous hold. A woman walking with her husband along a golf course in San Ramon was killed Saturday when a nearby tree gave way, falling on her.

Local Jim Griesemer captured the moment a transformer flared out in Tice Valley and posted his video on our Facebook page, with Ma Nature putting on a light show of her own a few hours later.

Crews are out cutting up fallen trees and clearing roads blocked by minor flooding and slides. If you experienced a weather-related event, feel free to post them here.


  1. Keep it coming, and fill those reservoirs up! Being from New England, I do love a good storm. Woke up last night for the thunderstorm and spectated with a bowl of cereal. Good times.

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