Santa Ana wind event wreaks havoc on the Anza Valley

Cayl Hendricks’ awning is ripped from his roof during the Santa Ana wind event Thursday, Jan. 26. Anza Valley Outlook/Courtesy photo
An extraordinary Santa Ana wind event pummeled the Anza Valley as well as most of Southern California Thursday, Jan. 26. Very few people escaped the harsh gusts that attained speeds of up to almost 50 mph in some local areas. Sill Hill in San Diego County reported a shocking 93 mph gust that day. But closer to home, Palomar Mountain Lookout recorded speeds of 83 mph, Aguanga 39 mph, Anza 45 mph, Anza Southeast 41 mph and Red Mountain at 39 mph.As the windy day progressed, the US National Weather Service in San Diego posted, “The winds aren’t over yet, everyone. Strong Santa Ana winds will persist through this evening before diminishing overnight. We have seen many reports of downed trees, powerlines and travel disruptions, so use great caution today.”Many residents of the hig
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