An atmospheric river blew through the Bay Area on Wednesday and Thursday, leaving tens of thousands of people without power, damaging coastal piers and leading to flooding, downed trees and other problems around the region. 

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As of Thursday afternoon, more than 66,000 PG&E customers were without power, including more than 24,000 in the North Bay, 17,000 along the Peninsula and 15,000 in the East Bay. 

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Strong winds and high tides along the coast caused “significant damage” to the Capitola and Seacliff piers in Santa Cruz County and prompted evacuations of coastal communities near the Carmel River Lagoon in Monterey County on Thursday. 

Downed trees caused problems on roadways and railways, with a fallen tree blocking BART tracks between Concord and Pleasant Hill on Wednesday night and another fallen tree in Burlingame affecting Caltrain service for several hours Thursday. 

The most tragic case of a fallen tree occurred in Sonoma County, where a 2-year-old boy died Wednesday evening when a tree fell on his family’s mobile home and killed him, according to the county Sheriff’s Office. 

Widespread flooding has been reported around the Bay Area, though not as bad as during stormy weather last weekend. 

Eddie Rivera works through the rain as an atmospheric river rolls over Berkeley on Jan. 4, 2023. Rivera works as a community ambassador for the Telegraph Business Improvement District where his job involves keeping Telegraph Avenue clean and general hospitality to the local community. (Isaac Ceja/Bay City News)

Several school districts in Sonoma County closed due to weather concerns, but districts in San Francisco, Oakland and elsewhere had classes as usual after avoiding major flooding. 

Rain was still moving through parts of the region late Thursday and the National Weather Service said two more powerful storms are headed toward Northern California, one over Saturday and Sunday and the second on Monday and Tuesday. 

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