The vagaries of California weather were on full display Thursday night as a powerful storm undulated through the 24/680, leaving pockets of residents without power, road access, or with downed trees littering their property.
No one appears to have been seriously hurt during the event, which weather experts say was the precursor of a secondary storm front expected to hit the area later Friday – but there were a few close calls.
A Contra Costa County Fire District crew watched helplessly as a tree toppled onto a car in Walnut Creek at the height of the storm, cutting away tree limbs to rescue a startled motorist.
Orinda’s Miner Road, already suffering after a sink hole cratered the roadway during our last round of storms, was closed again Friday as PG&E crews worked to repair downed power lines on Miner at Sycamore Road. The roadway was expected to be closed for several hours.
Thursday’s storm appeared to strike some areas harder than others, leaving some neighborhoods blacked out and wind-blown while others suffered hardly any ill-effects at all.