A tree downed by wind on Oakvale Avenue. Photo: Daryl Austern

Strong winds whipped through the East Bay on Wednesday night, toppling trees and knocking power out to thousands of people. The National Weather Service is warning that the gusts — which may reach up to 70 miles per hour — will continue through Friday. The wind will not only whip through the hills, but will blow up to 45 miles per hour in the flats.

Frances Dinkelspiel, Berkeleyside and CItyside co-founder, is a journalist and author. Her first book, Towers of Gold: How One Jewish Immigrant Named Isaias Hellman...