High winds contributed to a collision between a fishing trawler and the San Mateo Bridge in the Bay Area of California Tuesday. West to northwest winds gusting to as high as 60 mph caused multiple vessels in the San Francisco Bay to become dislodged from their moorings.

A 70-foot-long ship struck the bridge during the late afternoon hours Tuesday. The collision dislodged chunks of concrete from the bridge and severed a few light posts.

Winds had driven the ship aground earlier in the day, but then later the ship became dislodged and struck the westbound lane portion of the bridge. A short time before the collision, an 18-wheeler was blown over on the San Mateo Bridge, closing an eastbound lane.

There were no injures during either incident. The incidents resulted in commute delays of 2 and 1/2 hours. Westbound travel over the bridge Wednesday was still limited to two lanes.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports officials have two opportunities to dislodge the boat today, each at the time of high tide. The first high tide occurred at 4:12 a.m. PDT. The second will take place at 7:35 p.m.

The operation will also be dependent upon the strength of the gusty winds. The winds will not be as strong as recent days throughout the Southwest.

Sustained winds will still blow at 10 to 25 mph in San Francisco.

Winds will be on the lower end of that range this morning. That may prove to be the best opportunity for officials to dislodge the boat.

Story by Meteorologists Alex Sosnowski and Kristina Pydynowski