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Ricardo Muñoz, left, and Agustin Muñoz, in tree work to remove a tree that fell into the backyard of a home.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Katie Falkenberg / Los Angeles Times

Arika Crawley pulls up the shingles from the roof to look at the damage caused by a fallen tree at the home she lives in with her uncle and sister.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Katie Falkenberg / Los Angeles Times

Residents picnic on Eldora Road as a California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation prison crew marches by to cut downed trees.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

Inmate Ronald Weaver, a member of a California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation prison crew from Camp Holton, uses a chain saw to cut a fallen tree on the 600 block of Eldora Road in Pasadena.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

Fallen power poles block the 9900 block of Live Oak Avenue in Temple City as a crew surveys the damage.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

A California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation prison crew member removes a large stump on Eldora Road in Pasadena.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

Antonio Santamaria, right, and Miguel Jemenez , center, work to clear a downed tree off the yard of a home in San Marino.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Katie Falkenberg / Los Angeles Times

Maria Praslin, left, Danny Banks and Mo Huckler, residents on Mercedes Street in Pasadena, take a break from helping to clear debris from their yards and neighbors' yards.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Katie Falkenberg / Los Angeles Times

Patrick McNally cleans debris from the front of his home in San Marino. Two trees from a park behind his house fell, damaging his garage and backyard pool.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Katie Falkenberg / Los Angeles Times

Tree trimmers clear away a massive tree that fell on a house at the 9000 block of El Camino Real Avenue in Temple City.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

A home in the 9000 block of El Camino Real Avenue in Temple City was one of many damaged in Thursday's windstorm.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

Yuen Chung reads by flashlight with daughters Josephine Larsen, 6, left, and Natalie Larsen, 3, in South Pasadena, one of several areas of Southern California to lose power because of strong winds.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times

A wooden crucifix at the San Gabriel Mission was knocked down by a 70-foot eucalyptus tree toppled by the fierce Santa Ana winds.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

Trees sprawl across Green Street between Fair Oaks and De Lacey avenues.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

A fallen tree stretches across a car on Sierra Madre Boulevard.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

Sawyer Nelson, 8, looks at an uprooted tree that damaged the chimney and roof of his home.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

A Southern California Edison worker clears wire debris from the street after winds toppled three power poles, knocking out electricity to businesses along Arrow Route near Beech Avenue.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times

Charius Holland, 9, and Kevin Scott, 13, from left, look at a van crushed by a fallen tree in the 200 block of Avenue 57 in Highland Park.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times

Tree trimmer Alfredo Cardona carefully scrambles up the broken trunk of a sycamore that fell across the roof of a two-story home that had just closed escrow with an asking price of $2.2 million on San Pasqual Street in Pasadena.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

A pedestrian takes a picture of one of the cars smashed by fallen trees in the 800 block of Huntington Drive in Arcadia.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

A utility crew member walks past the broken tree trunk of a sycamore that fell across the roof of a home that had just closed escrow in Pasadena.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

A downed traffic signal rests on the ground after the pole supporting it was blown over at the intersection of Orange Grove Boulevard and Allen Avenue in Pasadena.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

Francis Blackman looks at the damage done after a tree fell onto a home on San Pasqual Avenue in Pasadena where his wife is the caregiver of the bedridden homeowner.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

Larry Harsha passes under a massive tree uprooted by high winds in front of his home in the 1000 block of Pine Bluff Drive in Pasadena.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

Aalaysia Stephen, 11, left, and Melia Guyton, 11, survey a tree toppled in their home at Claremont Street and Hudson Avenue.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

Bina Takeuchi, 15, jumps off an uprooted tree on Duane Avenue. School was cancelled for Bina on Thursday due to the heavy winds Wednesday night, which uprooted many trees in this neighborhood.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times

Joy Gibson uses his chain saw to cut an old dead jacaranda that fell.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

Gagik Aghajanyan, 6, is dwarfed by the huge roots of a toppled tree in front of his home on 1300 block of Allen Avenue.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

Roger Farraj, co-owner of the Colorado Shell gas station, runs past a roof that collapsed during high winds.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

Toppled trees on 1st Street.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

Marcella Tailin ducks under her uprooted tree on Rosemont Boulevard.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times

Sang Lee walks past a concrete light pole that snapped in half at Lake Avenue and Claremont Street.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

Daniel Huerta surveys the damage at his Christmas tree lot at Lake Avenue and Mountain Street.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

Workers survey damage at a Christmas tree lot at Lake Avenue and Mountain Street. The city of Pasadena declared a state of emergency and requested aid from the L.A. Department of Public Works after high winds downed trees and power lines, blocking roads, damaging buildings and possibly sparking a structure fire.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

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The toll from a fierce California windstorm continued to mount Thursday as officials closed Griffith Park, workers struggled to restore power to 340,000 homes and some roads remained blocked by fallen trees.

Pasadena, Sierra Madre and other foothill communities of the San Gabriel Valley were the hardest hit by windstorm.

Read post: California windstorm snarls traffic, leaves 340,000 without power

12 Comments

  1. December 1, 2011, 1:22 pm

    This tree toppled because its rotted roots were suffocated by man made structures. Imagine wearing a tight collar cutting off your supply of oxygen. This is what the results are.

    By: acuraoneacuraone
  2. December 1, 2011, 2:32 pm

    We live in Sierra Madre and are lucky to still have trees in our backyard (we did loose large branches off pine trees and California oakes). The whole town looks like a giant mulch factory…bracing for Thursday night's winds…

    By: Kate
  3. December 2, 2011, 7:35 am

    You kinda look like Joplin now, don't ya…..
    Hows it feel to be on the onther end…
    Bet you ain't laughing anymore

    SO SORRY FOR THE BEAUTIFUL TREES

    By: guestguest
  4. December 2, 2011, 12:40 pm

    Maybe in some cases. But most of these trees don't have the root structures they would have out in nature. When it's tree roots vs. sidewalk, cities mostly decide to cut back the roots. So the tree trunk doesn't have its natural wide connection to its roots.

    Plus, where there's a lot of pavement, rain ends up as runoff instead of going into the ground. So the tree doesn't bother growing its roots out into those parts.

    Less roots, less connection to roots, more falling down.

    By: gust
  5. December 2, 2011, 12:44 pm

    Dear GuestGuest, we Cali's were never, ever laughing at Joplin. Your comment is rude, sad and disgusting. And beyond completely ignorant. How dare you.

    By: cherieinla@yahoo.com
  6. December 2, 2011, 5:23 pm

    These winds weren't even remotely close to the devastation – and LOSS OF LIFE – seen in Joplin!
    What are you – 12 years old?!

    By: udahman62
  7. December 2, 2011, 10:13 pm

    Let’s remember the bringer of winds and the weather:

    “God gathers the wind with His fist”-Proverbs 11:29

    “He creates the wind”-Amos 4:13

    “The wind blows where (God) will it”-John 3:8

    By: City On A Shining Hill
  8. December 3, 2011, 9:06 am

    are you for real????even if the tree were in a forest and the winds blew they would have still fallen, not because of man it was nature…

    By: Naturenotman
  9. December 3, 2011, 9:11 am

    are you happy with the destruction that took place in California???your comment is really disturbing and sad.

    By: Naturenotman
  10. December 3, 2011, 5:34 pm

    This is so sad I'm worried that when I come home from college on Friday that there will be nothing left in beautiful Pasadena. This wind storm looks and sounds horrible

    By: ktown01@yahoo.com
  11. December 5, 2011, 8:00 pm

    let me tell ya what blows pal.

    By: rickc739ri
  12. December 6, 2011, 3:47 pm

    devastation that could have been somewhat predicted, somewhat moderated, if the government did not focus spending all of its moneys on the incarceration phenomenon. make everyone a prisoner so that they cannot vote cannot own a gun, and homogenate the rest of the country so that they all say and do the same things.

    do not call the great state of america call it the great nursing home of america. ……..wha whow

    O [ I prefer the outreach work of the courant

    the hartford courant to the nebulous innane nothinginness, that is going on in L.A. almost all of the time.

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