Update: Powerful Storm Drenches East Bay: Two Inches of Rain, Serious Highway 24 Accident

Latest rainstorm knocks out power to hundreds in central Contra Costa County on Sunday morning

The latest rainstorm that drenched the East Bay on Sunday brought approximately two inches of rain to Central Contra Costa County towns.

The rain began its 15-hour assault about 8 p.m. Saturday and lasted until about 11 a.m. Sunday. Skies cleared about 2 p.m.

The storm also knocked out power to several thousand East Bay residents and caused a series of four accidents on Highway 24 in Orinda that injured five people. To make matters worse, an outage shut down BART service for an hour Sunday morning.

The National Weather Service forecasts cloudy skies in the East Bay for the rest of the week without chances of rain on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Rainfall Totals

The Sunday morning storm dumped 2.16 inches of rain in Orinda between 5 p.m. Saturday and 5 p.m. Sunday. Since Thursday morning, Orinda got more than 5 1/2 inches of precipitation.

Concord received 1.91 inches of rain from the latest storm. Since Thursday, that community had received almost 4 inches of rain.

Walnut Creek got 1.81 inches of rain on Sunday. It too received almost 4 inches of precipitation.

The summit of Mount Diablo got 3.8 inches on Sunday. The mountain peak received a total of 9 inches of rain in the three storms.

You can see rainfall totals for most Bay Area communities on this chart.

In addition, the Napa, Petaluma and Russian rivers and the Guerneville River were all expected to flood before Monday morning, according to the Bay City News Service.

The USGS is also monitoring several Bay Area creeks approaching flood levels.

Power Outages

On Sunday morning, there were seven outages in central Contra Costa affecting more than 1,600 PG&E customers.

The largest was in Orinda in the Orindawoods area. Power went out there at 8:45 a.m. and affected 789 customers.

In Concord, an 8:30 a.m. outage knocked out electricity to 472 customers in the Farm Bureau Road area.

In Walnut Creek, a 9 a.m. outage took out power to 261 customers in the central part of town.

Almost 70 customers in the Moraga Commons Park area were expected to have power back on at 2 p.m.

In Pleasant Hill, 21 customers lost power at 6:30 a.m. near Las Juntas Park.

In Lafayette, 19 customers in the downtown area lost electricity at 8:45 a.m.

In Martinez, eight customers along Howe Road lost power at about 8 a.m.

Power outages are listed on PG&E's Power Outage Map featured on pge.com. To go directly to the map, click here.

PG&E urges customers to report power outages by calling 800-743-5002. Any downed power lines should be reported by calling 9-1-1.

Highway 24 Accident

On Highway 24 near the Caldecott Tunnel, a series of four accidents happened in the eastbound lanes around 9 a.m. near the Wilder Road exit in Orinda.

The first three crashes were relatively minor. However, in the fourth accident an SUV clipped a Moraga-Orinda Fire Department truck. The SUV flipped on its roof and skidded along the highway

CHP Sgt. Scott Siria said the SUV hit an unknown number of people on the road.

In all, five people were hurt in the four accidents, including three firefighters. All were taken to taken to John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek.

Only one lane of eastbound Highway 24 was open for two hours backing up traffic to the tunnel. The accident scene was cleaned up about 11 a.m. and all lanes were re-opened.

More details of the crash can be found here.

BART Outage

BART service was restored at 10:18 a.m. after all train service was stopped for about an hour.

The interruption was due to a power outage at the BART operations control center, said BART spokesperson Alicia Trost.

When the power was lost, all trains went to the nearest station to unload passengers.

The Contra Costa Times reported: "Around 9:18 a.m. power went out, possibly due to the nasty weather that dumped rain on the Bay Area and as a result trains can't move, said BART police Lt. Randy Gregson."

Chris J Kapsalis December 02, 2012 at 03:15 PM
1 -2 inches are expected in Martinez. But I think it will be more. This storm is tapping moisture all the way from Hawaii and it all depends how long it stays over us and if it stalls a bit of moves on. It's a classic Pacific storm except this one has a major fuel source of sub tropical moisture and expect some even heavier rain and higher winds any minute. Here is a great live satellite loop of this storm. http://www.intellicast.com/Storm/Hurricane/PacificSatellite.aspx?animate=true
Peter Kendall December 02, 2012 at 03:25 PM
Power out in areas of Orinda CC
Chris J Kapsalis December 02, 2012 at 03:39 PM
This storm is going to get very powerful in the next 20 minutes or so over Martinez. Be prepared for more possible power outages.
Jed December 02, 2012 at 04:15 PM
File this story under "DUH!" It's RAINING.... no kidding? Wake me up when there is a newsworthy story such as Obomba committing suicide or something juicy like that.
Jed December 02, 2012 at 04:22 PM
How did this previous post of mine get on Lamorinda Patch? I submitted this for MARTINEZ Patch viewers. Nobody in Lamorinda cares about what's going on in Martinez (unless somebody escapes from the county jail). Come to think of it, neither do I.
Chris J Kapsalis December 02, 2012 at 04:32 PM
It could flood Jed. You might not care, others do, especailly if you live on the creek like we do. Go find another news then? One to your liking. Don't wate your tine on stories you find so boring. Patch is full of other news.
Jed December 02, 2012 at 04:46 PM
Yeah, right, Chris. It COULD do a lot of things. You state the obvious. When your power goes out, then what? Oh yes... these here new-fangled e-leck-tronick deevices have a thing called SPELL CHECK. You might consider using it and saving the rest of us who DO KNOW HOW TO SPELL the anguish of reading your painful attempts at prose. This stuff is not exactly boring - not news, either. More like bulk filler. IF there are floods - would that then be filed under "entertainment"? Why would somebody across the county care? They can't do anything about it; it might just be their CURIOSITY or they might find it to be ENTERTAINING. I'm not saying which - I don't speak for anybody else. Okay, by now it is boring. LATER!
JBN December 02, 2012 at 04:54 PM
I love it....
JBN December 02, 2012 at 04:59 PM
Can we all file for federal funds? I could sure use a flashy new ride with big rims, and a full-featured obama phone. I guess obama doesn't care about us white people. Where's the media?
Chris J Kapsalis December 02, 2012 at 05:08 PM
You should not let trivial things bother you so much Jed. People are sandbagging. More rain on the way. Mud slides. Our creek is a few feet from flooding. Sorry if you do not think this is news.
Jed December 02, 2012 at 05:28 PM
HA! Good one JBN. Don't forget about holding hands and singing cumbia... "Mother Nature" is in charge! We all do the best we can to protect ourselves from such onslaughts but, I have to ask those people STILL living in low-lying areas where the creeks HAVE FLOODED in the past.... "Why are you still living there?" Even field mice know enough to move to higher ground when it floods. Just saying; not condemning.
Fritz 'Congodog' Stoop December 02, 2012 at 05:31 PM
Chris J Kapsalis December 02, 2012 at 05:33 PM
The same reason you still live in earthquake country Jed?
Fritz 'Congodog' Stoop December 02, 2012 at 05:34 PM
Gollee, Jed. You folks'er funnier than a bucket a snakes!
Jed December 02, 2012 at 05:37 PM
Seriously, Fritz? Enjoy your trip.
Captain Bebops December 02, 2012 at 05:59 PM
What about the Farmer's Market. That still on or canceled?
Jed December 02, 2012 at 06:04 PM
Yeah, okay Chris - virtually the entire planet is Earthquake country, genius. The biggest earthquake in American history was in MISSOURI! Nobody can predict an earthquake. It's pretty obvious (to most) that when it rains a lot there will be a lot of water in littoral areas. Oh sorry, I used a big word. Look it up. I never knew there were so many (other) people sitting around their computers on a Sunday morning with nothing better to do. Apparently the ability to express ones own opinion is not appreciated by those who don't happen to agree with those opinions... it's the liberal way. Speaking of liberals- those clowns who re-elected the WORST president in the history of this nation: I find it fascinating that in this most recent election the democrats were at their very best, they seemed to have everything in the bag, they had huge (biased) media support, lots of Hollywood babblers speaking out for them while at the same time the Republicans seemed to do everything WRONG with virtually no media support they fell flat on their faces AND YET the nation is still DIVIDED 50/50. FIFTY - FIFTY. Watch what happens next election ... when all the "free stuff" is gone! Well, there may be a few buckets of snakes (politicians)... Right Fritzy? (is West Virginie near Krauthaven?) Just asking.
Connie Schulte December 02, 2012 at 06:14 PM
Is it Newsworthy, Jed, to tell you that water is filing my street at depths over 2 feet, and that water is pouring in my front and side doors while my porch and yard are a couple inches deep? Have a heart, man, you are not the only person living in this area.
Chris J Kapsalis December 02, 2012 at 06:20 PM
Yeah OK Jed, virtually the whole planet is also weather country, genius. If it aint a flood, it might be a tonado or hurricane, or blizzard ice storm. So what is your point again?
Jed December 02, 2012 at 06:38 PM
@ Chris - you state the obvious. To those of you with water coming up, I wish you no ill. I'm still curious why people still build in flood zones, but that's not really the point of this discussion. Everybody has to live somewhere - not everybody can pick the better spots. Millthwait Drive isn't a bad place to be right about now (it was better before all these houses were put in).
Ari Soglin (Editor) December 02, 2012 at 07:09 PM
Jed, this article and the comments on it are shared across several central Contra Costa County sites from Martinez to Lamorinda. We do that with some of our more regional coverage. Sorry about the confusion, as we know that's not clear on the shared articles.
Captain Bebops December 02, 2012 at 07:44 PM
It's open though with only a few booths, the egg booth, three of the produce booths and the bakery. Driving to downtown I've seen worse before and not much of any branches on Alhambra after such a wind storm.
Bob Dole December 02, 2012 at 09:00 PM
You troll like an old pro, Jed. I'm surprised I haven't noticed your work before! Nicely done here, but it's easy pickings - these poor fools probably couldn't ignore bait even if it was marked "BAIT".
Bob Dole December 02, 2012 at 09:02 PM
What is this, amateur hour? Seriously, Frjtz, hillbilly humor? That's all you could think of? Time for you to go back to comedy traffic school, buddy. That's not a typo, either - I bet you know why, too.
Jed December 02, 2012 at 11:42 PM
@Bob Dole - Thanks. How true - trolling is SO EASY here... and considering the election results I think we can identify the REAL problem with this country... letting welfare bums vote, no checks and balances on dead people voting, lettig illegals vote and allowing felons to vote multiple times (anybody who votes more than once in an election is guilty of a felony). Given how GOOD the democrats were and how BAD the Republicans did in this election and the country is divided in HALF - tells me the demorats are about to implode and rupture. This I applaud -- if only the Republicans could get their collective acts together and find some spine. Watch what happens when the current occupant of the white house cancels all federal welfare programs and no longer requires states to pay welfare... after all - he no longer needs these votes and why throw good money (that he could waste elsewhere) on those who produce nothing but messes in parks? Now I think I'll go watch the replay of the Ram's winning kick.... (more bait). (Say HI to Elizabeth for me).... ha!
Chris F. December 03, 2012 at 01:42 AM
I hope the Orinda Fire fighters recover, I just saw the pictures on the news and could believe the camera man hadn't put the camera down to help the firefighters that were down and in the floodied water after being struck by a car, I was wondering about all the siren's that was a constant for about 20 minutes and saw nothing on the MOFD or Orinda websites but I had noticed the City Tweets and last time they did was in mid-October..
SmallTownGirl December 03, 2012 at 01:57 AM
There is a wonderful saying, "Don't wrestle with the pigs. The pigs like it and you both get dirty."
Chris J Kapsalis December 03, 2012 at 02:07 AM
I should have known he was a troll when he said letting welfare bums vote caused this storm.
Chris F. December 03, 2012 at 08:17 AM
My rain guage in Orinda from Wednesday to Sunday is 8.24 inches
Fritz 'Congodog' Stoop December 03, 2012 at 03:14 PM
Takes one to know one!


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