It probably feels a little bit like the world is ending right about now. Water is flooding the streets and trees are just toppling down and crushing everything beneath them. It’s a bit scary to think about, but the trees aren’t showing mercy to anyone. This winter storm is seriously kicking butt, although not in a very nice or helpful way. If you’ve been able to steer clear of the destruction, that’s fantastic! It’s not a pretty sight at the moment, but it will get better. If you need an idea of the gravity of what’s going on, you should probably check out the news:

As the rain let up a little bit on Saturday, San Diego residents rolled up their sleeves and got to work cleaning up the damage of the storms that have pummeled the county over the past few days.

Friday’s powerful rain – the second in a series of three winter storms – caused power poles and trees to topple, some crushing cars, and caused flooding in parts of the county, plus road closures. Emergency crews were called to several water rescues in different parts of the county as motorists became trapped in the flood waters.

In San Diego’s South Bay, the severe weather knocked down trees and knocked out power to some homes. At a shopping center on Bonita Road, a eucalyptus tree came crashing down amid the storm Friday, crushing several cars. Luckily, no one was hurt.

“It sounded like thunder. A big cracking,” explained Ryan Kessler.

Kessler’s car was one of the vehicles damaged. You could barely see it hidden beneath the branches. His friend’s Scion was crushed like an accordion by the weight of the tree’s trunk.

Blanca Salas, who owns Very Best Travel, is one of multiple tenants at the strip mall who says they’ve warned the owner about the danger posed by the eucalyptus trees.

“We were expecting this,” said Salas. “That’s why I park far away from the trees. We told him about the trees a long time ago and he said there’s nothing he can do.”

On Saturday morning, crews and locals there worked to clear the tree, debris and shattered glass from the South Bay parking lot.


The third time might be the charm, but when it comes to storms once is more than enough. It’s been chaotic and even if the trees haven’t fallen down, they’ve taken a serious beating. There are probably a good deal of them out there that need a serious trim. A dangling branch can be a hazard so you should probably get that removed. You can count on the experts to have your back in this situation:

It’s time to roll up some sleeves and get to work. This hectic weather should seriously be over with. That means there’s nothing stopping you from getting your clean on. No more winds, water or madness to undo all your hard work! Although, of course, nature does have it’s own ideas. Perhaps crossing our fingers will help?