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High winds forced an A-4 Skyhawk jet off its pedestal early Sunday morning at the main entrance to Alameda Point. The National Weather Service reported wind speeds of up to 41 m.p.h. in the Oakland area (PHOTO BY ALAN TUBBS, CONTRIBUTOR)
High winds in the East Bay blew a Marine Corps A-4 Skyhawk jet off its pedestal in Alameda Point early Sunday morning, according to area resident Alan Tubbs.

"You could hear the trees rustling and the windows rattling," said Tubbs, who was awakened by strong winds in the early morning. He noticed the fallen plane as he drove past the entrance to Alameda Point about 8 a.m. Sunday.

Tubbs, a Coast Guard employee, said Alameda police and firefighters arrived on the scene and put security tape around the aircraft until further notice.

The National Weather Service in Monterey confirmed winds of 41 miles per hour at the Oakland airport early Sunday morning. It also reported up to 1.5 inches of rain in areas such as San Rafael.

"The winds weren't large-scale enough to be severely impacting like other storms can be," National Weather Service meteorologist Rick Canepa said.

David Eisenhauer of Pacific Gas & Electric Co. said the weather did no serious damage. He reported that only 90 customers throughout the East Bay lost power, and fewer than a dozen reported tree damage. "We fared pretty well," he said.

Canepa said the next few days will bring better weather. "You won't even know we'd had storm-like weather this past week," he said.


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