Round two: Outages, flooding, flight delays 

The rain has caused severe flooding and major power outages throughout the Bay Area – including anticipated flight delays – and Wednesday’s storm is expected to be worse.

There are four spots along U.S. Highway 101 severely flooded Tuesday morning and causing major traffic delays; southbound lanes just north of the San Francisco International Airport and just north of South San Francisco.

Southbound lanes at Paul Avenue and northbound lanes at Grand Avenue in The City were severely flooded with pools more than foot deep, too.

The California Highway Patrol also issued a high wind advisory for all Bay Area bridges.

This morning about 6,600 Pacific Gas and Electric Co. customers were without power, mostly in the South Bay.

Anyone who sees a wire down should treat it like a live one and call (800) 743-5002. PG&E has already had to repair about 50 miles worth of lines since the storm hit in addition to 105 power poles, said spokeswoman Katie Romans.

Customers should prepare for more outages throughout the week, Romans said.

Winds will likely remain anywhere between 20 mph to 40 mph, but the rain is supposed to start scattering around 9 a.m., said National Weather Service meteorologist Steve Anderson.

On Monday, The City got about an inch of rain and the same is expected today coupled with thunderstorms, Anderson said.

However, the heaviest storm is supposed to hit Wednesday, when winds could get up to 50 mph with up to 2 inches downpour, he said.

The Federal Aviation Administration has issued a ground delay for San Francisco International Airport, which means the number of planes landing will be limited and cause overall delays.

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