There Had been Two Storm-Associated Deaths In San Francisco, At Least Three Others Elsewhere In Bay Space

Late Wednesday morning, SF Mayor London Breed shared the news that two unidentified people had died in storm-related unrest the day before.

Two San Franciscans died Tuesday, both reportedly suffering injuries from falling trees in the storm, and both were taken to Zuckerberg SF General Hospital.

KRON4 reports that one death occurred when a tree fell on two people at Polk and Post streets around 3:40 p.m. One person was taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries and a second had non-life-threatening injuries.

The second death, while unconfirmed, appears to have been caused by a fallen tree on 23rd Avenue near Lincoln Way.

Mayor Breed announced the deaths on Twitter and also tweeted a message from the Department of Emergency Management this morning. In preparation for further showers on Wednesday, it said: “If you drive, cycle or walk, take your time and look after each other. Wearing bright colors can help you stand out in the rain. Additionally, stay away from flooded areas.”

We tragically lost two lives due to the dangerous storm that hit San Francisco yesterday. These repeated storms have been very challenging and created severe conditions that our city teams are working to assess.

— London Breed (@LondonBreed) March 22, 2023

Additionally, Mission Local reports that SFPD Sgt. Kevin Brugaletta, the shooting range master at the Lake Merced police shooting range, was “seriously injured Tuesday when a tree fell on his city vehicle.”

Previously, we learned a man was killed and a woman was injured when a tree fell on their car in Walnut Creek. As NBC Bay Area reported, this incident occurred on Stanley Dollar Drive around 7 p.m. on Tuesday.

Also, a man, possibly a plumber, was killed when a tree fell and smashed his plumbing truck in San Mateo County. This incident occurred on Tuesday just after 1:30 p.m. on the Alpine Road near Portola Valley. As KRON4 reports, firefighters were trying to rescue the passenger of the van when a second tree fell and hit a car behind the van, but no one was in that vehicle at the time. At around 1:55 p.m., firefighters reached the man in the van and he was pronounced dead.

A fifth storm-related death occurred in Oakland. A homeless man in a tent near Lake Merritt was also killed by a fallen tree that smashed his tent, the Chronicle reports.

This post has been updated with details about the deaths in San Francisco and the additional death in Oakland.

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