Monday morning rain slows, darkens Bay Area

Showers across the Bay Area have slowed traffic at San Francisco International Airport and knocked out power to thousands of PG&E customers.

Wet weather caused several power outages Monday morning throughout the Bay Area, according to PG&E.

As of 5:30 a.m., about 2,700 customers all over the region were without power, PG&E spokeswoman Jacqueline Ratto said.

In the North Bay, 1,255 customers were affected by the outages.

Outages also affected 744 customers in the Peninsula, 316 customers in the South Bay, 283 customers in the East Bay and 104 customers in San Francisco, Ratto said.

Inclement weather will cause delays for people flying into and out of SFO today, an airport duty manager said.

Arriving and departing flights at SFO could be delayed by up to 46 minutes in the ground delay program being set up between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m., duty manager Bob Rotiski said.

SFO’s parallel runways are only 750 feet apart, so days with reduced visibility require airport officials to implement ground delay programs, reducing the airport’s arrival rate, to follow current Federal Aviation Administration safety regulations.

Airport officials encourage travelers to check flight times with their airlines before going to the airport to avoid any inconvenience.

Separately, two separate overnight traffic accidents involving big-rigs caused delays Monday morning on Interstate Highway 580 near Livermore.

Livermore police said Monday morning in a Facebook post:

“The California Highway Patrol is dealing with multiple accidents on Interstate 580 in both directions near Livermore. There will be extensive delays. Please make the appropriate arrangements for your commute, and remember to drive extra carefully due to the road conditions.”