Tractor trailer overturns in San Francisco as the winter storm in the state progresses

Tractor trailer overturns on the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco as ‘atmospheric rivers’ continue to pound California with heavy rain and gusty winds leaving 19 dead in three weeks

  • Video showed an overturned big rig on San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge  
  • The accident occurred on Saturday night as gusts of winds and rain hit the city 
  • No other vehicles appeared to be involved in the accident 
  • California has been hit by ‘atmospheric rivers’ since December 26
  • At least 19 people are dead in the state  

A big rig was seen overturned on San Francisco’s iconic Golden Gate Bridge as catastrophic wind and rainfall continues to flood the city. 

The bridge’s southbound and northbound lanes were blocked on Saturday night as the tractor trailer was seen in a photo posted by California Highway Patrol tipping over onto oncoming traffic. 

One spectator captured a video of emergency crews responding to the scene before the lanes were shut down. 

Rainfall will continue to plummet in San Francisco leading into Monday with winds reaching up to 15 mph as residents remain on flood watch until Tuesday. 

President Joe Biden announced on Saturday a disaster declaration in California as recent ‘atmospheric rivers’ have left at least 19 people dead since the series of storms began December 26.

Footage showed an overturned big rig on San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge. The accident occurred on Saturday night as gusts of winds and rain hit the city

Footage showed an overturned big rig on San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge. The accident occurred on Saturday night as gusts of winds and rain hit the city

Rainfall will continue to plummet San Francisco leading into Monday with winds reaching up to 15 mph as residents remain on flood watch until Tuesday

Rainfall will continue to plummet San Francisco leading into Monday with winds reaching up to 15 mph as residents remain on flood watch until Tuesday

Bands of rain with gusty winds started in the north and spread south, with more storms expected to follow into early next week, the National Weather Service said.

The Golden State has been pounded with a series of ‘atmospheric rivers’ rarely seen in such frequent succession.

NWS warned residents in the bay area that the storm will continue into Monday with winds picking up until it subsides on the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

The ongoing rainfall has put 2023 as San Francisco’s seventh ‘wettest water year’ since 1973. Rainfall in the city has been recorded since the Gold Rush in 1849.

Oakland Airport reported that the area received more water than a normal year with 19.25 inches of rain since October, NWS reported. The area receives about 18.25 inches in other years. 

Aside from San Francisco, flood warnings were issued for the northern region of the state including Marin, Napa, Sonoma, and Mendocino counties.

In Sacramento, moderate to heavy snowfall is also anticipated, according to NWS. Officials warned that drivers avoid traveling in the mountain areas unless necessary.

More south, warnings were posted for parts of counties including San Mateo and Santa Cruz, where the tiny community of Felton Grove along the San Lorenzo River was ordered evacuated.

Trash cans were seen floating down streets, with water levels reaching stop signs and overtaking parked vehicles.

Some residents waded through floodwaters and mud to clean debris.

The Salinas River was also seen swollen in Monterey County. The storm threatened the valley where 70 percent of lettuce in the US originates from.

A home on agricultural land is seen amid flooding from the Salinas River in Salinas, where 70 percent of the United States' lettuce is produced

A home on agricultural land is seen amid flooding from the Salinas River in Salinas, where 70 percent of the United States’ lettuce is produced

The Central Valley town of Planada was devastated by widespread flooding after a severe atmospheric river event moved through the area earlier in the week

The Central Valley town of Planada was devastated by widespread flooding after a severe atmospheric river event moved through the area earlier in the week

A greenhouse is seen submerged in the Salinas River's waters

A greenhouse is seen submerged in the Salinas River’s waters 

The swollen Salinas River swamped farmland in Monterey County, and to the east, flood warnings were in effect for Merced County in the agricultural Central Valley, where Gov. Gavin Newsom visited to take stock of storm problems

The swollen Salinas River swamped farmland in Monterey County, and to the east, flood warnings were in effect for Merced County in the agricultural Central Valley, where Gov. Gavin Newsom visited to take stock of storm problems

On the southern side of the state, residents were dealing with their own troubles from the destructive rainfall in Los Angeles.

A massive tree in a Woodland Hills parking lot fell on Saturday damaging more than a dozen cars.

‘We were in our car and we heard a giant crash. We turned around and the tree was falling,’ one witness told KTLA 5. ‘Everyone was screaming. Everyone came out of the restaurant and were taking pictures. Car alarms were going off.’

Gov. Gavin Newsom visited Merced County on Saturday to take stock of storm problems.

‘The reality is that this is just the eighth of what we anticipate will be nine atmospheric rivers — we’re not done,’ Newsom said at a briefing with local leaders where he urged people to be vigilant about safety for the next 24 to 48 hours.

‘This is happening all across California but I want to say … you guys are disproportionately taking the brunt of it, and if you feel that way you’re right,’ the California Democrat said. 

Newsom later thanked President Biden in a tweet for approving a disaster declaration in the state. 

‘Thank you, @POTUS for having the back of Californians as we continue to be impacted by intense winter storms,’ Newsom tweeted. Serious winds and rain are still anticipated throughout the state. Stay safe and remain vigilant.’  

The declaration makes funding available for storm victims residing in Merced, Sacramento, and Santa Cruz counties.

Federal assistance can include temporary housing, loans for uninsured properties, and home repairs, according to the White House. 

The Los Angeles River was seen heavily flooded on January 10 as the storm continues to hit the state in waves since

The Los Angeles River was seen heavily flooded on January 10 as the storm continues to hit the state in waves since

Roads near Watsonville turned into gushing rivers on January 9 which lead to evacuation of thousands in towns with histories of deadly mudslides

Roads near Watsonville turned into gushing rivers on January 9 which lead to evacuation of thousands in towns with histories of deadly mudslides

At least 19 storm-related deaths have occurred since December 26, and a 5-year-old boy remained missing after being swept out of his mother’s car by flood waters in San Luis Obispo County.

Kyle Doan was being driven to school by his mother, Lindsay, on Monday when they got trapped on a flooded road. The boy’s parents maintain that there was no warning about the road.

Lindsay said that she rushed to get her son out of the car as they became overwhelmed by the waters. She says that by the time she could get out of the car, her son had been taken down the creek close to the town of San Miguel.

The new storms have resulted in the search for Doan being suspended.

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