The Bay Area has been hit by another bomb cyclone, this time causing several boats to leave the docks — some under the command of their captain, others under the command of the elements.
We received an email from John Fredericks of Shing-a-Ling in Oakland, who told us they lost six boats from the marina in the wild conditions.
Former Oakland Harbormaster Brock de Lappe sent us photos of the boat-carnage near Jack London Aquatic Center.
In the North Bay, Capt. Heather Richard, of Fine Day for Sailing, untied from the dock to motor out into Richardson Bay. But not before she captured this video of the docks dancing with the the boats to the discordant rhythms of the weather.
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Capt. Richard shared the video on her Instragram account, and reported that she was able to take refuge at the Spaulding Marine Center docks.
It’s been a wild weather year for California. As yesterday’s winds picked up we had a look at Windy to see what was going on. The image below appeared with a classic cyclone rotation right on top of the Golden Gate Bridge.
As reported in SFGate, a bomb is a system created when the barometric pressure drops at least 24 millibars in 24 hours. At this point it “bombs out,” according to the weather service. They eye of the storm over the Golden Gate has the look of a hurricane, a system that usually forms over much warmer water. While it was not a hurricane, gusts of 60 knots were reported in a number of areas around the Bay.
We heard that the ferries were shut down. A string of barges broke loose and damaged the Lefty O’Doul Bridge near the Giants’ Oracle Park. A 250-ft section of Interstate 580 at Altamont Pass was undermined and the two right lanes shut down, and a big rig overturned on the Bay Bridge.
Diver Dave of Sausalito reported to John Skoriak that he recorded “a gust of 113 mph” on the anemometer at his shop at Liberty Ship Marina.”
We hope everyone fared as well as possible. If you had unusual weather sightings send them to [email protected].