San Francisco News Roundup for Monday, March 7, 2016.


Winter is Coming…

National Weather Service forecasters are predicting heavy rain and gusty winds starting this evening through the morning hours of Monday for the entire San Francisco Bay and Monterey Bay areas.

The forecast released at 11:12 a.m. has not changed significantly except for the chance of thunderstorms, which has risen, forecaster Bob Benjamin said.

“Everything seems to be on track,” Benjamin said of the forecast.

A flash flood watch and wind advisory are both in effect for the San Francisco Bay and Monterey Bay areas until 4 a.m. A high surf advisory is in effect until Tuesday morning, according to weather service officials. High surf could mean a large shore break and rip currents.

Thunderstorms may bring damaging winds of 58 mph or higher, lightning and small hail, which could cause slick roads, weather service officials said.

Benjamin said at 4 p.m. lightning was striking frequently 150 to 200 miles offshore. The lightning could reach land by 6 p.m.


A house in San Francisco’s Bayview District was damaged Saturday morning after a suspect allegedly assaulted and robbed a person inside the home and set several fires in the living room.

Around 5:45 a.m., police officers and fire crews responded to the 1700 block of Oakdale Avenue for a report of an assault and robbery, as well as a fire, according to fire department spokesman Jonathan Baxter.

A 34-year-old woman had come to the house to visit a resident there. The suspect, who was also at the home, became involved in an argument with the woman, police said.

The suspect then punched the victim with a closed fist and took her wallet. Afterward, the suspect started several fires inside the home, according to police.

Firefighters were able to quickly extinguish the fire. One dog was rescued from inside and was reunited with its owner, Baxter said. The victim was not seriously injured.

The suspect, described as a man in his 20s, had not been apprehended as of this morning, according to police.


A driver struck and injured two pedestrians in San Francisco on Saturday night, according to police.

The collision was reported at 11:02 p.m. on Franklin Street. A 70-year-old woman and 79-year-old crossing the street on a green light were struck by a silver Toyota Prius driven by a 61-year-old man, police said.

The 70-year-old woman suffered life-threatening head injuries, while the 79-year-old man was also hospitalized but is expected to survive, according to police.

The driver, who also had a green light but failed to yield to the pedestrians, was not arrested, police said.

No other information about the collision was immediately available.

News Roundup Via Bay City News Service