WINDSTORMS | City Relatively Unscathed, Fire Chief Says

After a night of intense windstorms in Southern California, SPFD Fire Chief Paul Riddle says the city suffered little damage

PHOTO: Eric Fabbro | News | South Pasadena experienced a moment of calm after an intense night of gusts on Tuesday evening

South Pasadena residents were relatively unscathed following a windstorm in the Southland Tuesday night that knocked down power lines and toppled trees in many neighborhoods.

Paul Riddle, South Pasadena’s fire chief, said the city suffered little damage outside of a tree branch reportedly falling onto a home at about 9:25 p.m., Tuesday in the 1600 block of Fletcher Avenue.

“We actually had no wind related calls yesterday,” said Riddle on Wednesday morning. “One investigation of a potential tree down, but nothing major.”

Among the incidents outside the city was a huge tree crashing down on a 5-story apartment building in Westwood and another falling near a home in Baldwin Park. The damaging winds also took out a light pole outside the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, blocking a stretch of Wilshire Boulevard.

Some say the wind gusts reached 60 mph in parts of L.A. County, including South Pasadena.

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power says, at its peak, more than 42,000 customers were without power while about 2,739 more who use South California Edison services were in the dark as a result of the windstorm.

An estimated 33,000 LADWP customers were still without power Wednesday morning in Los Angeles County following the severe winds.

Areas hit the hardest by the blustery conditions, according to news reports, included Los Feliz, Mar Vista, Wilmington, Silver Lake, South Los Angeles, Mid-Wilshire, Koreatown, Fairfax and the Hollywood Hills.