By Mary O’KEEFE
At about 10 p.m. on Tuesday night gusty winds in the foothills uprooted a huge mature tree in the 4900 block of Ramsdell Avenue. The massive trunk crashed into the living room and dining room of a home.
“It sounded like a freight train coming down,” said neighbor Stephanie Rodriquez.
Luckily the residents were not home at the time.
“Our real worry was our cat that ran away after the accident,” the resident of the home said. The cat was found later during the night.
A private tree removal service was at the home this morning to begin removing the tree. The structure of the home will be examined once the tree is removed.
In the Briggs Terrace area, a small tree also toppled over due to winds. Throughout the Crescenta Valley branches litter the street as winds continue to rage. In La Cañada power was interrupted affecting about 1200 people. But despite the winds and the cold temperatrures, work continues on the La Cañada float.
Stuart Seto of the National Weather Service said that on Tuesday night between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. Wednesday morning winds gusted up to 50 mph and a wind advisory is still in effect in the Crescenta Valley until 3 p.m. Sustained winds are expected from 20 to 30 mph with 45 mph gusts. A freeze warning with temperatures dipping down from 29 to 32 degrees is in effect from 1 a.m. to 9 a.m. New Year’s Day.
“With this freeze warning cover any plants that are sensitive to the cold and keep pets inside,” Seto said.
On Thursday during the day low temperatures are expected to be between 29 and 32 degrees with a high in the upper 50s. On Friday temps will be in the low 30s with highs in the upper 50s. The weekend will see a warming trend to 70 degrees.
The norm for this time of year is 68 degrees.