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Thousands Still Without Power After Powerful Winds Hit Bay Area

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Police on the scene after high winds brought down a tree in Concord on November 21, 2013. (CBS)

Police on the scene after high winds brought down a tree in Concord on November 21, 2013. (CBS)

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SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — Windy weather throughout the Bay Area overnight has knocked out power for tens of thousands of PG&E customers today and blown trees and debris into roadways.

A wind advisory was issued for most of the region Thursday afternoon and expired Friday morning, except in the North Bay.

The warning will remain in effect until 10 p.m. in high elevation areas in Marin, Napa and Sonoma counties.

KPIX Weather Center: Current Conditions

The wind came after a storm system moved through the Bay Area earlier this week.

Rain is expected to return on Thanksgiving.

Two people were killed in accidents related to the wind.

The strong winds also brought massive power outages with 55,000 PG&E customers initially losing power Thursday night, according to utility officials.

PG&E spokesman Jason King said as of 11 a.m., there were 13,000 customers throughout the Bay Area still without power.

The most heavily impacted areas are in the North Bay, as well as the East Bay cities of Berkeley, Oakland and Albany, King said.

Some 7,300 East Bay customers were still affected, while 3,400 customers in Sonoma County remained without power.

King said a majority of the outages are related to tree contact that damaged utility poles and wires.

PG&E hopes to have power restored for all customers by the late afternoon, he said.

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