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Videos capture transformer exploding, extensive wind damage

December 1, 2011 |  8:07 am

Fierce Santa Ana winds that battered Southern California overnight caused damage that was captured on video and uploaded online.

In Pasadena, a Shell station at San Gabriel and Colorado was a crumpled mess after a tree fell onto the gas pumps. Pasadena police Lt. Jari Faulkner said the gas station was manned at the time and an employee shut off the pumps, so no fuel leaked. More than 200,000 homes were without power Thursday morning.

This You Tube video shows damage to a backyard where the winds toppled a patio fence and damaged a back house.

Another video on You Tube shows a transformer exploding due to the winds:

This You Tube video shows downed trees across several Pasadena streets:

The CHP reported no major injury crashes related to the wind, but fallen trees and flying objects such as ladders and debris from damaged buildings littered roadways, creating traffic hazards and closing access throughout the night.


Powerful Santa Ana winds sweep across Southland

Gusts near 100 mph reported; about 25,500 without power

-- Shelby Grad