Severe Winds In SoCal – The Damage

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Mother Nature is wreaking havoc all over the place! The East Coast is being flooded, the Midwest is bombarded with tornadoes, and parts of SoCal is being hit hard with hard winds. The desert areas, more specifically Riverside County, is being hit the hardest; although, other parts of SoCal are getting some wind and a bit of damage.

Damage in Hemet and San Jacinto, CA is pretty severe – downed power lines resulting in wide-spread power outages, fences ripped down, broken tree branches, trees being ripped out of the ground, lots of trash and knocked down items in yards and in the streets, and severe dirt storms. It’s difficult to be outside because the wind is stirring up dirt and rocks that hurt when you get hit with them and the dirt gets into the eyes, not to mention the allergies that are being aggravated from the high winds and all of the debris in the air.

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My poor pool…

Our pool guy hasn’t been by this week…what’s the point? I cleaned all the big debris out yesterday, but this is what it looked like again this morning. There is a pretty thick layer of dirt at the bottom of my pool that is going to take some deep cleaning to get rid of.

Up close and personal
Up close and personal

These pictures are up close and personal because this is the large tree in my front yard that has two branches that have broken off and are hanging over my neighbors fence. Luckily, they didn’t break clean off and damage my neighbors fence. The bottom two pictures are of some of the debris in my front yard from the tree branches being torn off by the wind.

High wind in the desert = dirt storms
High wind in the desert = dirt storms

The high winds cause the dirt to kick up and cause a horrible dirt storm as it blows through neighborhoods and especially over dirt lots. Bring on the allergy attacks! The sneezing, the runny noses, the watery eyes…it’s all in full force now!

Random broken trees all over the place
Random broken trees all over the place

As we drove around this morning there were broken tree branches and trees ripped right out of the ground all over the place! Some streets were shut down because of the fallen trees in the middle of the street.

The roofs and fences aren't safe from the wind, either
The roofs and fences aren’t safe from the wind, either

There are several homes that have had the tiles on their roofs ripped off – some had more damage than others. Out here in the desert, we have a lot of wood fences all over the place, and many of them were knocked down, blown into other yards, and just completely destroyed. I also saw some chain link fences (both temporary and permanent) that had been knocked down or had sections completely missing. I have a wood fence along the back of my back yard that is threatening to come down as well, but luckily my neighbors behind me have a chain link fence that is right up against my wood fence, which is the only reason why it hasn’t fallen down yet (I think).

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Lots of stuff knocked down by the high winds

There has been tons of things other than trees knocked down all over the place. The top left picture here shows a home that has one knight standing at the gate…the second one has blown over. The top right picture shows just one of many signs that have been torn off their frames or even out of the ground. I’ve even seen the street name signs ripped out of the ground by the wind. The bottom two pictures shows the Palm Trees leaning severely to the right because of the strength of the wind.

Once a park with lots of big trees providing lots of shade
Once a park with lots of big trees providing lots of shade

This is a local park and all of these trees were standing and providing lots of shade to park-goers just a few short days ago. So many of these trees have come out of the ground at the root or have large branches that have broken off and fallen. As you can see in the top left corner, this was once a street light. It has been mangled from the trees falling on it…that’s how strong this is!

So much debris to be cleaned up everywhere
So much debris to be cleaned up everywhere

There is debris left all over the place…in yards, along the side of the road, and even in the middle of the road. Residents can pile the tree debris along side the road and the city will come by and pick up the broken trees and branches. As you can see in the top right corner picture, this is a bulldozer and large truck cleaning up a large broken tree that fell into the middle of the road. This is happening everywhere.

Mother Nature is not being very nice right now. As I sit in my house I can hear the wind howling outside. Even during the day it’s pretty frightening. At about 4:30 this morning the wind woke me up because it was so loud and it sounded like it was trying to take my house apart…something that is not easy to sleep through…I didn’t get much sleep last night. I can’t imagine going through a tornado!

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