By the Daily Post staff
Winds hitting maximum speeds of 40-55 mph caused many trees to fall on the Mid-Peninsula — sometimes on cars, homes or power lines.
Due to trees hitting power lines or cars crashing into poles, much of southern San Mateo County, parts of Palo Alto and Mountain View were without power yesterday (Tuesday, Feb. 21), with some areas expected to be without power until 11 p.m. tonight (Wednesday), according to PG&E estimations.
In Menlo Park where much of the city was without power last night, many of the traffic lights were out east of El Camino Real because of downed wires and a car that struck a pole on Marsh Road, and there were long traffic delays on Middlefield Road.
A tree crashed into a utility pole on Selby Lane in Atherton, causing outages in Atherton and Menlo Park. Many swaths didn’t have estimated times for the power to come back on, but it was estimated for parts of Atherton and Menlo Park that the power would turn back on by 5 a.m. and 11 p.m. today (Wednesday).
In Redwood City, trees were also the cause of many power outages, with one tree bringing down a power line near Woodside Road and El Camino Real.
A tree fell onto a home near El Camino Real in Redwood City, damaging the roof, according to KPIX. No one was injured.
In East Palo Alto, University Avenue was closed for over an hour yesterday because of a possible live power line laying across the road. EPA officials had to wait for PG&E crews to “become available” to remove the wire, according to a Facebook post by the police department.
Palo Alto experienced approximately four outages in different parts of the city affecting 3,600 homes and businesses, city Utilities spokeswoman Catherine Elvert said.
Mountain View and Stanford also had power outages. Last night in Mountain View, the area along Central Expressway from about San Antonio Road to Sunnyvale was without power. Much of Stanford Campus was without power last night.
Some downed wires in Menlo Park and Atherton couldn’t be removed as quickly as city officials wanted because PG&E crews were being stretched thin.
Menlo Park Fire Marshal Jon Johnston said at one point during the afternoon, San Mateo County’s dispatch received too many calls and had to prioritize which ones to send emergency responders.
There is a wind advisory in place until 1 p.m. today (Wednesday), according to the National Weather Service, a freeze warning is in place until 9 a.m. tomorrow (Thursday).