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Record Bay Area Dry Spell Ends With Rain



    Rain and Wind Prompt Power Outages

    Cities throughout the Bay Area deal with power outages overnight, due to wind and rain. Anthony Slaughter reports. (Published Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013)

    The Bay Area got a healthy dose of rain this week, bringing much-needed moisture to the region for the first time in two months.

    The wet weather, which began during the Tuesday evening commute and continued through Wednesday, is expected to continue through Thursday. Parts of the Bay Area should see a quarter inch to a half inch of rain over the next few days. The rain ends a record dry spell - the lowest rainfall count in 64 days - for the city of San Francisco.

    Some Bay Area residents welcomed the change in weather with open arms.

    "I did come prepared and I'm happy to see the rain because we really need the rain," said Arlene Rosen of Oakland.

    But for others, the wet weather meant cracked trees, such as the one on Hyde Street in San Francisco, which fell on the cable car tracks, and power outages across the South Bay. And officials were looking into whether the rain played a part in a transformer blowing Tuesday night, causing a power outage at Silver Creek High School in San Jose, which canceled classes for the day.

    And on Wednesday, the National Weather Service issued a small stream flood advisory for Marin, Santa Clara, Alameda, Contra Costa, San Mateo and San Francisco counties.

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    The first storm of the season also means extra slick conditions on Bay Area roads with oils that have accumulated all summer surfacing to the top.

    California Highway Patrol Officer Daniel Hill is warning drivers they may experience their wheels spinning in location where they normally do not.

    "It's simply because the roadway is more slick," Hill said.

    The change in weather has kept tow truck drivers like Kenneth Rieck busy.

    "It's really crazy," he said. "It's causing problems and making my boss a lot of money."

    For more on the showers and Bay Area forecast, visit our weather page.

    NBC Bay Area's Jodi Hernandez, Rob Mayeda, Christie Smith and Anthony Slaughter contributed to this report.