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Rich Pedroncelli, Associated Press
Freddie Lopez loads a sandbag into a wheelbarrow for use at his home in North Highlands, Calif., Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014. Sandbags and sand were provided in flood-prone areas of Sacramento County for residents to use to protect their homes in anticipation of a powerful storm that is expected to hit Northern California Thursday.

SAN FRANCISCO — High winds canceled some ferry service east of San Francisco and widespread power outages have been reported as one of the windiest and rainiest storms in five years began to hit Northern California.

PG&E is reporting thousands are without power in the Bay Area due to weather. Officials weren't immediately available to give a specific number of outages.

A spokesman for Bay Area Rapid Transit says a PG&E transformer appeared to have malfunctioned near the system's Montgomery Street station. Jim Allison says the station has been shut to trains.

The San Francisco Bay Ferry reports on its website that at least 10 ferry departures around the Bay Area were canceled Thursday due to weather conditions.

The Federal Aviation Administration reports that some arriving flights at San Francisco International Airport are facing delays averaging three hours and 40 minutes.