This weekend's sunny forecast in Berkeley makes recent storms and rain feel like a distant memory. But some of the impacts from the weather remain, including downed trees around town.
A weekend of drenching rain brought some relief from the long-running drought, but also caused fallen trees and power lines and a series of flash flood warnings.
Experts are predicting the possibility of heavy El Niño storms this winter, which may well bring floods, downed trees, heavy winds and damage to power lines to Berkeley. This week, city and school district officials are teaming up to offer a free workshop designed to help the community get ready.
We’ve experienced quite the storm in Berkeley over this past week, both metaphorically and literally. Often, the media will focus on the negative aspects of a story such as the Berkeley protests, choosing to focus on that which turned violent, or the snarled traffic, and in the case of the recent weather storm, the flooded streets. I wanted to share with you some positive stories from these events, and the role your library has played in them.
Jody Radzik is really into weather. Although a Berkeley resident now, he used to live in New Mexico where, as he puts it, “the weather is more interesting.”
Berkeley city workers handled more than 100 requests related to flooding, and more than 30 calls for tree-related issues, Thursday during a large storm that has been sweeping the Bay Area, authorities said.
Friday, Dec. 12, 12:25 a.m. Shortly before 11:30 p.m., reader William Abernathy reported a second water main break in the Berkeleyside comments section: “Main break 1300 block MLK. EBMUD alerted. No water til morning.”
Emily Davis was struck by lightning in Berkeley on Monday while crossing the road during a dramatic storm. Although she was shaken and suffered some after-effects, Davis was not seriously injured. However the experience, she said, has left her feeling lucky to be alive.
A giant redwood tree in North Berkeley was struck by lightning at around 1:15 p.m. today and “exploded” sending chunks of wood flying in all directions, according to authorities.
Thursday night’s high winds caused a range of damage around town and left residents talking about what they were seeing and hearing. We pulled their reactions into a Storify package. For more photos of the destruction wrought by the windstorm, check out Berkeleyside’s Facebook page where we are posting readers’ images.
A tree limb heavy with leaves was felled by the storm Thursday night on Channing between 9th and 10th streets. Michael O’Heaney shot the photos here and said how impressed he was that the city was out at 7:15 a.m. Friday morning cutting the branches and clearing them away. “Good job Berkeley!” he wrote.