Santa Ana Winds – Santa Ana, California, residents experienced hurricane-force winds Friday that left leaves, branches, and other debris scattered throughout the streets and neighborhoods.
There are a few theories that the high winds in California is due to climate change, or global warming. But the National Weather Service said it was caused by a low-pressure system that had spawned the winds. In addition, since it was dry and gusty, they announced red flag warnings that predicted extreme fire danger.
A near century-old eucalyptus tree toppled over in the middle of the night, crushing all three of the family’s cars, landing at the doorstep of their Southern California home and blocking any view from their windows.
Residents were trapped in their homes for hours until they were let out when the fire department cut them a small pathway.
Hundreds of thousands of people are without electricity. Residents and crews struggled to clean up smashed trees, toppled power lines and debris-strewn roadways.
Several cities in the region, the hardest hit from Wednesday night’s windstorms, were still in a state of emergency.
Schools in Pasadena and more than a dozen others in the Los Angeles Unified School District remained closed Friday.
California Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson said in a statement Friday that schools closed because of wind damage would still receive state funding.