The atmospheric river to roar through San Francisco brought short periods of heavy rainfall and high winds. On Tuesday night as a cold front swooped into the city, the gusts were howling.
The wind toppled trees around the city, and the San Francisco Public Works department says some 300 city trees have fallen since Saturday night. The Rec and Park department had counted 47 as of Wednesday morning. This adds up to 347 trees, but the total is larger because it doesn’t include backyard trees on private property.
“We’re still counting and assessing,” says Rachel Gordon, a spokesperson for Public Works.
A tree smashed into a house on Brookdale Avenue near McLaren Park on Sunday morning, and another damaged a parked car on Fell Street near Alamo Square.
One tree fell to the ground at a Visitacion Valley housing project Tuesday morning, crushing to parked cars and triggering a gas leak and evacuation, SFGATE reported.
And on Tuesday night, a tree crashed onto the Muni tracks at Dolores Park, causing a delay on the J Church line.
In another incident, an uprooted tree pinned down a 50-year-old man near the Beach Chalet in Golden Gate Park. Firefighters rescued the man who suffered only minor injuries.