Storm drops as much 2 inches of rain on Sonoma County, knocks out power to thousands

28 January 2021

The strongest part of the winter storm passed through Sonoma County overnight Tuesday dropping as much as 2 inches of rain and snow in the interior mountains but without triggering evacuations in 2019 and 2020 burn scars.

Downed power lines and toppled trees led to multiple road closures and knocked out power to thousands of residents into Wednesday morning as the rain and wind tapered off. The strongest gusts at higher elevations reached up to 60 mph, according to the National Weather Service.

“It came through exactly as predicted by the weather service and almost down to the minute,” said Mark Heine, chief of the Sonoma County Fire District. “Now it’s passed over us.”

Heine said his crews were “very busy” from about 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Wednesday, dealing with downed trees and power line issues, including limbs falling onto residences and into roadways.

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