Monday, February 1, 2016

Fierce Storm Hits San Diego; One Person Killed When Tree Falls on Car (VIDEO)

I had no idea it would be this bad when I posted Kristen Keogh's weather forecast yesterday, and neither did she.

Here's the latest, at the San Diego Union-Tribune, "Fierce storm unleashes on San Diego":

A fierce Pacific storm brought heavy rain and wild winds to San Diego Sunday, causing power outages, interrupting -- then delaying -- the final round of the Farmers Insurance Open golf tournament at Torrey Pines, and toppling trees including one that killed a motorist in Pacific Beach.

Winds gusted to about 50 mph along the coast, and were strong enough to uproot the 80-foot-tall tree in Pacific Beach that crushed three parked cars and one passing by on Ingraham Street near Fortuna Avenue, causing fatal injuries to a person inside.

San Diego Fire-Rescue Department Capt. Joe Amador called the incident “unimaginable,” noting that the car could have been easily missed by the falling tree.

“Even five seconds one way or the other and this wouldn't have happened,” Amador said. “Our thoughts and hearts are with the family. We're in the life-saving business and it's hard when it doesn’t turn out that way.”

The fatal accident was just one of the instances that had emergency crews scrambling across the county. Falling trees damaged cars and homes, roadways were flooded or littered with debris and crashes clogged busy thoroughfares.

The storm arrived in on-again off-again waves that had golfers at Torrey Pines seeking shelter from 40 mph winds and rain one moment, then returning to the squishy course the next to play under blue skies. But the winds wouldn't relent. The media tent eventually had to be evacuated because it appeared on the verge of taking flight. At 3:30 p.m., tournament organizers postponed all play, saying they'd finish the competition Monday...
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