Gusty winds topple trees in Paso Robles
–Thursday’s gusty winds knocked over several trees in Paso Robles. On 18th Street between Oak and Vine, a large Coastal Live Oak fell across a fence, alley and power lines. Several limbs landed on the roof of two neighboring homes.
No one was injured, but the trees the trees damaged the two homes and knocked out power to 44 people in the neighborhood.
Russ Surber, the property owner, said the combination of drought and recent heavy rains toppled the trees in the gusty wind. This one fell in late morning. PG and E crews had to remove the tree limbs before replacing the electrical lines. 18th Street was closed between Oak and Vine for several hours.
Another tree fell on the campus of the Plymouth Congregational Church on 13th Street. The tree damaged a fence but did not strike the church or buildings nearby.
One church member said, “A couple years ago during worship service on Sunday morning, we had thunder and lightning when Heather Moreno filled in for Pastor Steve. That storm knocked out the power. We had no lights or sound system. Mrs. Moreno took it in stride. The effect gave her more credibility from the pulpit. Our church has been through a lot over the past 100 years.”