South Bay hardest hit in Bay Area windstorm
KTVU’s Jesse Gary reports.
SAN JOSE, Calif. – The rare Bay Area wind event Monday night into Tuesday wreaked havoc on some neighborhoods.
The gnawing sounds from chainsaws filled the air as crews tried to clear a downed 60-foot pine tree toppled by high winds onto Undajon Drive.
“It’s currently affecting two cars, the fence line. And actually, it’s taken our part of the PG&E gas line,” said Kaitlyn Shelton, an assistant arborist for the City of San Jose.
San Jose firefighters said two homes were evacuated while repairs were made to the impacted gas line and a water main.
Wind-generated troubles started during the overnight hours.
“The South Bay has been the area that was hardest hit during this wind storm here in the Bay Area,” said PG&E spokeswoman Tamar Sarkissian.
Gusts exceeded 90 miles per hour in some places. Part of a wooden fence was blown down during the windy conditions, allowing for a black Labrador retriever named Shadow to run free.
The dog’s owner, Rhonda Austin, said she “realized when I went to go get him that he wasn’t in the backyard anymore. So he escaped.”
The high winds also took down power lines, leaving thousands of residents in the dark.
“It must have gone out sometime last night, because I woke up in the dark, got ready for work in the dark, and then couldn’t open my garage door,” said Barbara Morrison.
By midday Tuesday, part of Rotterdam Lane was still without…