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Northern California Storm by alexey ,  Dec 11, 2014

Mark Kunze of San Bruno stalls his car in the flooded intersection of Airport Blvd. and Grand Ave. in South San Francisco, on Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014. Several vehicles stalled in and around the intersection after driving through the deep water. A powerful storm churned through the San Francisco Bay Area on Thursday, knocking out power to tens of thousands and delaying commuters while bringing a soaking of much needed rain. (AP Photo/Alex Washburn)
A car is damaged under a tree along Tanager Ave. on Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014 in San Leandro, Calif.   (Aric Crabb/Bay Area News Group)

A car is damaged under a tree along Tanager Ave. on Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014 in San Leandro, Calif. (Aric Crabb/Bay Area News Group)

SAN JOSE -- A major storm known as an "atmospheric river" hammered the Bay Area on Thursday morning, trapping a child under a tree in Santa Cruz, wreaking havoc on freeways, knocking out power to thousands and delivering more than 3 inches of rain to some locations.

The storm tore through the North Bay first, where some of the highest locations received more than 4 inches of rain by mid-morning. As of noon, Santa Rosa has received 4.25 inches of rain and Novato 4.02 inches, downtown San Francisco received 1.48 inches of rain, Oakland 1.37 inches, Palo Alto 1.22 inches and San Jose .95 inches.


A powerful storm churned through Northern California Thursday, knocking out power to tens of thousands and delaying commuters while soaking the region with much-needed rain.

In Santa Cruz, about an hour south of San Francisco, an elementary school student was trapped for about 15 minutes when an 80 foot tree fell on him, pinning his arm and shoulder until rescuers with chain saws cut it apart. He was taken to a hospital in good condition but likely a fractured arm, officials said.

Throughout the Bay Area, waves slammed onto waterfronts, ferries were bound to their docks, many schools canceled classes and the gusting winds had motorists tightly gripping their steering wheels on the Golden Gate Bridge, where managers created a buffer zone to prevent head-on collisions by swerving cars.

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