Major storm causes power outages, flooding, transit issues in SF 

San Francisco residents are facing roadway flooding, BART station closures and darkened traffic signals during Thursday morning’s commute as a major storm drenches The City.

Emergency officials closed The Embarcadero from Pier 39 to AT&T Park due to high waves along the waterfront for nearly an hour Thursday morning, and Great Highway was closed Wednesday night and will remain closed until 10 p.m. Thursday, said Francis Zamora, a spokesman with the Department of Emergency Management.

Authorities have installed a traffic buffer on the Golden Gate Bridge, allowing for two northbound lanes and three southbound lanes, "to separate traffic as a safety measure," Zamora said.

Half a dozen Muni lines that were rerouted in the Marina are being returned to normal as PG&E crews work to restore power to that area, said Muni spokesman Paul Rose. Light rail vehicles were passing through the Montgomery station in both directions due to the station’s closure, but no other major impacts were reported.

“Everything is moving slower because of the weather, but everything is moving,” Rose said.

Cable cars were taken out of service this morning as a precaution, but shuttles are running along those lines in their place. Parking meters in The City were not being enforced Thursday.

PG&E is reporting a substation outage near the Civic Center, which is affecting service to more than 50,000 customers in The City, utility officials said.

The storm prompted the closure of two BART stations Thursday morning. The San Bruno BART station was reopened at about 9:45 a.m. but the Montgomery Street station remained closed as of 10:45 a.m. due to a power outage.

BART trains also continued to report systemwide delays of 5 to 10 minutes by late morning.

At about 8:45 a.m., several vehicles reportedly became stuck in flooding at the Avalon Drive onramp to southbound Highway 280 in San Mateo County. Flooding has also prompted the closure of the southbound Cesar Chavez Street offramp of Highway 101.

The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission has seen multiple reports of water surging from manholes and other various flooding incidents Thursday morning due to leaves and other debris blocking a number of The City’s 23,000 storm drains.

The agency is asking residents and businesses to help reduce flooding by pushing aside and disposing of any leaves or trash that may be obstructing the flow of stormwater into storm drains, when it is safe to do so.

To report clogged catch basis, street flooding and sewer backups, call 3-1-1 or use the agency’s mobile app.

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