Storm snarls highways, power lines, bridges 

The worst of a series of storms has hit this morning, so watch out, commuters; it’s everything everyone said it would be.

There are high wind advisories on every Bay Area bridge, roadway flooding in all counties, flight delays and power outages.

The California Highway Patrol has not reported any major highway closures, however.

But there are several hot spots in The City that commuters should avoid if possible, such as Interstate Highway 280 at Mariposa, Paul and Grant avenues and where 280 intersects with US Highway 101.

The Federal Aviation Administration has imposed another ground delay at San Francisco International Airport this morning, decreasing the number of planes allowed to land because of the weather conditions. It caused up to 90 minutes worth of delays Tuesday.

Since Sunday, about 195,000 Pacific Gas and Electric Co. customers have lost power, and about 189,000 have been restored. More than 100 miles worth of power lines have been damaged in addition to about 200 power lines.

Most of the remaining outages are in the East and South Bay, but customers should expect there to be more and to call 911 if anyone sees a wire down, said PG&E spokeswoman Katie Romans.

The Bay Area has seen about 3 inches of rain since Sunday and in higher elevations could get up to 3 inches more today alone with gusts of wind around 40 mph, National Weather Service meteorologist Brian Tentinger said.

Downtown San Francisco has received about 2.57 inches since Sunday and should get about 1 to 2 inches more today, Tentinger said.

The rain is supposed to scatter in the afternoon like it did Tuesday, but will keep it wet likely until Saturday night, he said. Then another storm is supposed to hit Monday, but it's not expected to be as severe.

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