Saturday’s storm brings rain, landslides and power outages to North Bay


NORTH BAY, Calif. (KGO) — Saturday’s storm battered North Bay, toppling trees, triggering mud and landslides, while causing flooding and power outages.

“The house shook a bit, a big explosion of live wires and a lightning bolt,” Gail Coppinger said.

That’s what Coppinger heard and saw Saturday morning, when his 150-foot-tall cypress tree fell on Highway 1, closing the road and knocking out power to a wide swath of West Marin.

“Our electricity will be out for a while, so I’m going into town to get some ice cream,” she said.

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Most of the Point Reyes station remained dark for hours, but the beef bakery found a way to stay open.

“My colleague brought a generator from home for the window lights and the cash register, so we ran the cash register,” said bakery worker Katie Arndt.

The storm was violent with heavy rain and wind.

The intersection of Highways 12 and 121 in Sonoma was closed after runoff from a nearby creek turned it into a raging river.

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A Cal Fire crew came across a rockslide on Deer Park Road in Napa County.

And a landslide closed off portions of Stage Gulch Road near Petaluma. The CHP was telling the drivers to slow down.

In Novato, Armstrong Avenue was flooded.

Resident Roland Fuette got stuck trying to cross.

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“The car was so wet it stopped, the engine stopped and I couldn’t start it again,” Fuette said.

Large trees fell in Sonoma County, blocking roads around Sebastopol and Occidental. A large tree fell in Mill Valley, closing Marion Avenue.

First responders say that after the rain stops, flooding and landslides could continue.

“Any runoff is going to increase water flow. It’s always a concern 24 hours after a heavy rain like ours,” Marin County Fire Battalion Chief Todd Overshiner said.

The bright side of all the January storms? Lots of waterfalls and a few rainbows.

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