- Associated Press - Friday, April 7, 2017

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The Latest on the storms in California (all times local):

7 p.m.

Authorities are trying to prevent an oil spill from a barge that sank in San Francisco Bay during a storm that also knocked out power to thousands and threatened homes in Oakland.

The 112-foot freight barge carried a crane. It went down shortly before 12:30 a.m. Friday south of the Bay Bridge.

Authorities say 40-mph winds from the storm capsized it.

The barge carried more than 4,000 gallons of fuel and oil. Crews have boomed off the area and the owner plans to have salvage divers raise the barge.

The storm that hit Thursday also caused a landslide in the Oakland hills, and six homes were evacuated. It knocked out power to about 40,000 customers in the Bay Area but the electricity has been restored.

Showers and even thunderstorms remain likely through Saturday in the Bay Area and northward.

At Rocky Butte near San Simeon in San Luis Obispo County, nearly 5 inches of rain fell in a 24-hour period.

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10:10 a.m.

The Mammoth Mountain ski resort in California’s eastern Sierra Nevada reported early Friday that up to 26 inches (66 centimeters) of snow fell overnight, with more expected over the next day or two.

That raised the resort’s season total to 562 inches (1427 centimeters). That’s nearly 47 feet (14.3 meters).

The National Weather Service says the region north of Los Angeles was being swept by strong southwest winds with gusts up to 60 mph (97 kph) along U.S. 395 and up to 125 mph (201 kph) on higher mountain peaks.

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8:20 a.m.

Officials say a woman was hospitalized after a tree fell on her home east of San Francisco during intense, windy weather.

KRON reports (https://bit.ly/2o5QlJW) the woman suffered a head injured. She is expected to survive.

Another person inside home in the small city of Benicia was not injured Thursday night.

Officials said the home’s roof and interior were heavily damaged.

At least three other trees in Benicia were blown down Thursday night.

Winds tore through the San Francisco Bay Area into early Friday morning.

National Weather Service meteorologist Anna Schneider says gusts up to 48 mph (77 kph) ripped across San Francisco.

Blasts up to 62 mph (100 kph) hit the Oakland area.

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6:55 a.m.

Officials say heavy rains and high gusts of wind softened already saturated grounds and caused a landslide in the Oakland hills.

Residents in at least six homes were forced to evacuate Thursday night. Crews were evaluating the situation Friday.

There were no reports of injuries or damage to the homes.

However, officials say evacuations were still necessary due to the instability of the hillside.

There were also reports of several downed trees in the area.

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11:55 p.m.

A wintry storm arriving three weeks into spring is expected to deliver widespread rain and snow to parts of California and Nevada.

The storm, expected to bring most of its moisture early Friday, brought howling winds to the top of the Sierra Nevada on Thursday as it headed in from the Pacific Ocean.

Gusts up to 115 mph (185 kph) ripped across a few ridges in the Lake Tahoe area, while blasts up to 55 mph (89 kph) hit the Tahoe Basin and some areas north and south, the National Weather Service said.

Up to 4 feet (1 meter) of snow was possible along the Sierra Crest and at Mammoth Mountain, the popular ski resort where more than 45 feet (14 meters) of snow has been recorded this season at the main lodge.


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