Pasadena made the headlines this past week due to the biggest windstorm to hit Southern California in 35 years. Pasadena and Altadena were the hardest hit cities in the region, and the neighborhood where I live had some of the worst windstorm damage. The news reported that Pasadena had winds reach up to 97 mph.
I took a stroll around the neighborhood today to survey the damage and while it looks better now than it did yesterday, there is a lot of cleanup to do. I lost power on Wednesday night and didn’t get it back until sometime late yesterday, my water heater also went out but my house had no serious damage other than a downed power line in front of the house, roof shingles scattered all over the property and tree parts everywhere. My neighbors on the other hand had trees topple over onto their houses, broken fences and one had their porch get destroyed.
It was a scary night. I’ve lived in neighborhoods that have been hit with tornados and experienced some crazy storms before but none like this. At one point, I went out to chat with my neighbors during the windstorm and was blown into my car as I was walking back to the house. This went on for many hours and was so loud that I had to sleep on my couch in the living room instead of the bedroom because it was the least noisiest room in my house, and the room least likely to get crushed by an oak tree if it were to fall.
My grandma lives about 10 blocks away in the Bungalow Heaven district so I went over there to check up on her yesterday morning and luckily her neighborhood had less damage than mine though one tree made a power line fall onto a neighbor’s house. Pretty serious issue but I don’t think anyone over there had property damage at least.