Trees Fall, Stucture Fails, Power Out – Burbank Survives Overnight Winds

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The right gust at the right angle can snap any tree and this one is ready to become kindling wood for the El Poya Loco grill after its demise (Photo By Ross A. Benson)
This temporary wall at a building being remodeled in the 700 block of S. Victory Blvd. was a wind victim (Photo By Ross A. Benson)

The winds came to Southern California on Wednesday night/Thursday morning and Burbank was not spared.  Reports had wind gusts as high as 85 mph locally during a four hour period between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m., before the winds began to settle for the morning.

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Damage in Burbank was actually light compared to other nearby cities.  Damags was limited to some uprooted trees, branches that knocked down wires, and for one business, a temporary wall protecting the business during construction was blown down.  There were also reports of numerous trash cans being blown down and around in the neighborhoods that were scheduled for pickup Thursday.

This tree on Victory Blvd could not hold up to wind gust overnight, (Photo By Ross A. Benson)

One of the few power outages reported was in an area between Magnolia and Chandler, between Victory in Buena Vista.

As usual, Burbank Water and Power crews were on their game and had power restored quickly.  Forestry Divison units were making sure Burbank streets remained clear and safe.

Burbank Fire units were kept busy checking on different minor incidents in town, while Engine 11 had to respond to Pasadena for a major apartment house fire.  Although Burbank made it through reasonably unaffected, Glendale and Pasadena were hit very hard with numerous trees being uprooted in both cities, along with the major fire in Pasadena.  There was also a grass fire near Occidental College that forced some evacuations and took 40 L. A. City firefighters about an hour and 45 minutes to control.  No major damage was reported in that incident.

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Winds are still in the forecast for Thursday and may increase as darkness approaches.  You may want to bring in any lawn or patio furniture, and add extra rocks to the pockets of small children.

The right gust at the right angle can snap any tree and this one is ready to become kindling wood for the El Pollo Loco grill after its demise (Photo By Ross A. Benson)
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