ALTADENA ( – Powerful winds brought down a massive 100-year-old tree early Saturday morning in Altadena, crushing two parked cars.

The roman pine tree, which used to stand in the front lawn of Gary Sterling’s house on Highland Avenue, toppled around 3 a.m.

On the way down, it knocked over another tree before landing on two parked cars, including Sterling’s.

“They said they were going blow through this morning, and they blew like crazy,” the homeowner said. “You can see, I’m upset. Step by step, we have to deal with it.”

Since Thursday, heavy winds have felled trees and knocked out power to thousands across Southern California.

At its height of the windstorm overnight Thursday, about 24,000 customers with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and Southern California Edison were without electricity.


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