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Strong wind knocks down SoCal trees, power

SAN FERNANDO, Calif. (KABC) – After all the rain Southern California has had, trees were no match for the strong gusts that blew through the area on Wednesday night.
In San Fernando, a massive oak tree was completely uprooted from the sidewalk, crushing an SUV and blocking the westbound lanes of Brand Boulevard. It is unclear when the tree will be cleared from the roadway.

The tree also snapped off a palm tree like a twig.

In Pacific Palisades, a tree fell onto a moving SUV on Sunset and Brooktree Road. The driver was a bit shaken up but not injured.

“I was driving down Sunset, and the vehicle swerved. Within … not even two seconds, and immediately afterward I had a tree in my windshield,” said Jared Risman.

Another tree toppled over in Whittier, crushing a parked SUV and causing minor damage to vehicles around it.

“I heard a loud crash outside the house, it sounded like thunder, and I wasn’t sure if part of my roof fell off or something,” said Eric Nelson of Whittier.

The wind was also blamed for power outages across the area. DWP reported about 6,000 homes and businesses without power, and over 32,000 SoCal Edison customers were also without power.

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