PINE VALLEY, Calif. — East County residents are calling it one of the worst wind storms they’ve seen in a long time.
All over Pine Valley and areas such as Buckman Springs trees and power poles are down. Solar panels at Mount Empire High School were ripped from their foundation, panels designed to withstand winds of up to 110 miles per hour.
“We’ve got three power poles that are down… we had telephone booth down that was literally ripped from the concrete, twisted and thrown on its side,” side Larry McManer, who runs Major’s Diner in Pine Valley, which has had no power since early Tuesday morning.
Truckers and people driving large vehicles along Interstate 8 were being warned about the strong winds. Some drivers decided to pull over and wait for the winds to die down.
“Man it was blowing like crazy, I had full load and it was blowing me almost half a lane,” said David Vohs, a trucker hauling 27,000 pounds of cardboard.
The winds created problems all over San Diego not just the east county. Trees were down in La Jolla, Kearny Mesa and the South Bay. Part of a palm tree fell on a gas line in Hillcrest forcing the evacuation of an entire apartment building.