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Rain, Wind Bring Down Trees And Boulders Around Southland

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LOS ANGELES (CBS) — The storms may be gone but trees and boulders are the collateral damage left behind.

Big trees and huge boulders have been reportedly falling all over the Southland Thursday blocking or closing some roads and causing inestimable damage to cars.

Scores of trees fell early Thursday morning during the storm. Gale-force winds into the evening have made some of the most vulnerable trees and rocks easy targets against winds reaching 60, 70 and 80 mph in some places.

Erik Scott of the Los Angeles Fire Department says a large tree fell on a car in Venice Thursday night bringing down power lines, as well. It’s not known how many people are without power in the vicinity of the fall at 1782 Washington Way.

Falling rocks and boulders have also forced the closure of part of the Pacific Coast Highway at Topanga Beach, in both directions.

The rocks reportedly began falling just after 7 p.m.

Caltrans is on scene using heavy equipment to clear the road.

Another slide was reported just before 8 p.m. on the PCH further east. This slide was reported at Temescal Canyon Road in Pacific Palisades.

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