‘Don’t congregate under trees,’ SFSU tells students


SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — Students at San Francisco State University navigate a maze of storm destruction on campus as strong gusts of wind continue to topple large trees.

University officials wrote a message to the campus community saying, “In high winds and downed trees on and around campus, increased caution is advised. Special:

  • Be aware of your surroundings. Look up and stay alert.
  • Don’t gather under trees.
  • Avoid using headphones or looking at your phone to stay alert.”

Students were in class at SF State University on March 14, 2023 when this tree fell.

A vehicle was smashed by the huge tree.

Destruction can be seen on the SFSU campus. (Photo by KRON4 / Sophia Villalba)

Several areas of the campus are cordoned off with cordon tape, including a courtyard behind the Health and Human Services building, a bike lane at Cox Stadium, and the street connecting the main plaza, the gym, and Thornton Hall.

At least one vehicle was destroyed when it was crushed by a tree next to a university building around midday. At that time there were lessons.

Over in downtown San Francisco, gusts of wind shattered the windows of a skyscraper and dropped glass from the 43rd floor onto the street below. Emergency officials ordered a “shelter” on California Street Tuesday afternoon and evacuated four surrounding blocks.

A wind warning issued by the National Weather Service remains in effect until Wednesday morning. The NWS Bay Area wrote, “While the rain has largely stopped, the wind will be a BIG concern.”