Strong winds take a toll on county

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SAN DIEGO – Intense Santa Ana winds left a mark across San Diego County by snapping large trees and severing power lines.

Several down trees in Kearny Mesa caused problems for drivers, who had to weave in, around and over branches and debris. A gas station’s price sign dangled in the wind along Balboa Avenue.

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Auto Parkway in Escondido (Credit: David Groudas)

In Hillcrest, residents had to be evacuated along Thorn Street due to a gas leak, San Diego Fire-Rescue Capt. J. Harris said.

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“What we have is a gas line that was severed by a tree that fell down probably due to the high winds that we’re experiencing in San Diego,” said Harris.  “Tell people to watch where they are and watch their surroundings.”

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Fox 5 viewers sent in pictures of snapped trees in Marina Village and Mission Valley, shattered solar panels in Mission Beach, fences falling over in Scripps Ranch, a shattered glass table in Lakeside and a ton of accumulated tumbleweed in Tijuana.

The county is not out of the woods yet as more wind is on the way, according to Fox 5 meteorologist Aloha Taylor. Strong wind gusts will continue until 5 p.m. Thursday.

Tree uproots in Point Loma (Credit: Martin Perez‎)

Tree uproots in Point Loma (Credit: Martin Perez‎)

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