As you might have read (or seen) in the news, we Pasadena residents were hit hard by winds Wednesday night. The windstorm (with winds often over 90 mph) lasted all night long.
I drove home from Beverly Hills at about 11:00 PM from a special Roger Corman evening (more about that in a forthcoming post). The winds weren’t too bad until I crossed the hills into the San Fernando Valley. Valleys compress and accelerate winds. Random objects began striking my Prius (I was glad I wasn’t driving my van). I had to white knuckle grip my steering wheel to avoid being blown into another lane. Arriving home, I saw the electricity in my neighborhood was out.
My wife had candles burning inside our home. The noise was ferocious; it sounded as if we were in the middle of the ocean with hurricane winds buffeting and battering the walls of our house.
I didn’t sleep much that night because of the loud sounds. That pissed me off because I’ve got a lot of work to do (surprise!) yet I was pretty draggy all day long from lack of sleep.
We have a lot of huge evergreens in our neighborhood. The pic above shows clumps of pine needles that accumulated during the storm.
This is a branch torn from my neighbor’s magnolia tree. That’s my house in the background. We were lucky; no real damage at all, just some downed telephone cables in our backyard.
Across the street a huge evergreen fell between two of our neighbors’ houses. Unfortunately, the tree took out the corners of each home — and completely crushed two other trees.
This neighbor’s tree fell right on top of their Spanish tile roof.
There were fallen branches blocking the sidewalks throughout our neighborhood…
…as well as some of our streets.
A block away there was a spectacular sight. A gigantic evergreen had fallen — fortunately not on our neighbor’s house but right next to it, right down the middle of his driveway.
This huge tree was completely uprooted, taking out some of the sidewalk, curb and street with it.
From the bowels of the earth, living beneath this tree’s root system, emerged two zombies, awoken from their undead slumber.
All in all, it’s been a very eventful couple of days…