December 2, 2016 by Petrea
Pasadena’s 2011 Wind Storm
I’m late with today’s post because I had a voice-over this morning (yay!) and because it’s a little more crazy out in the world than usual. It’s WINDY! A lot of stuff is blowing around, like lightweight furniture and heavy palm fronds. A whole tree uprooted and fell across two lanes of one freeway, which means no one’s getting anywhere via that route today.
It reminds me of a storm this time in 2011, almost exactly to the date. Overnight on November 30th the winds were wild and loud, and when we woke up on the morning of December 1st, mature trees were down all over Pasadena. Each end of our street was blocked by a fallen tree, and a couple of others had come down mid-block. That’s saying a lot when you’re talking about 90-year-old giant cedars.
No one was hurt, and not a home on our street was seriously damaged. We neighbors gathered in the morning in our pajamas and bathrobes, drinking our coffee and exclaiming.
It’s already a legend, the kind of experience that gets woven into stories. I’m working on it.