Storm Cell Rips Through Avocado Boulevard

LA MESA -- Thunderstorms ripped through sections of El Cajon and the southeast corner of La Mesa this afternoon, knocking down trees and soaking the area with heavy rains.
 Sheriff's deputies said the storm cell hit sections of Rancho San Diego hard, knocking down trees and knocking out power to the Vons shopping center at Avocado Boulevard near the 94.
"It was like a hurricane just came down,'' one witness to the destruction said.

Sheriff's deputies dispatched to close off the area said it was miraculous no one was injured with so much timber flying around. One man who had just exited McDonald's heard branches snapping and ran inside just as large branches smashed his truck.

"It was good it was raining,'' an officer said. "People stayed inside.''

 The storm, however, was isolated as areas of La Mesa and El Cajon saw nothing but blue skies and a little wind as the cell moved through just after 1 p.m. Temperatures broke the 100 mark again in the Jewel of the Hills. The storm seemed to cut a swath starting along Fury Lane and moving south and slightly west as it crossed Avocado. Fences were knocked down and homes on the hills surrounding the area sustained some damage. Merchants were struggling to keep perishables cool in the heat as electricity remained out into the evening.

By evening, crews with chainsaws and front loaders had descended on the area and were clearing roads as deputies and Highway Patrol officers stood in for traffic lights dimmed by the power outage.

 

La Mesa Today photos by Gina Garcia, Luis Garcia and Chris Lavin.

 

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Comment by Sharon Reeve on September 16, 2014 at 4:10pm

We got 2/100ths of an inch of rain in Mariposa Park on Garfield Street. I just had to go outside and smell that "wet dirt" smell!

Comment by Lisa Moore on September 16, 2014 at 3:53pm

I am looking at my next door neighbors roof as our upstairs window is looking down on his house and there is damage from the wind.  Now waiting for them to come home and let them know as they won't be able to see it from their level.  That was some wind!!!

Comment by Susan Brinchman on September 16, 2014 at 3:06pm

In our area, Fletcher Hills, near 125 and Fletcher Pkway, about 1 PM, it was sunny and 106 in the shade of our patio. Then, the sky became dark, with a brownish cast, and within ten minutes the temps were dropping and the rain began. By 1:25 PM the temp had dropped 17 degrees, to 89. It rained for about ten or fifteen minutes, not really hard, just a light wind, and then the rain stopped. Sun came out again and now, 3:05 PM it is 102 on the shaded patio. Was nice to get that shower, wish it was heavier! Humidity up. Saw warning on tv about hail the size of pennies. Glad to miss that as we have no garage. :)

Comment by Lisa Moore on September 16, 2014 at 2:47pm

Yes, that was a surprise!  It was 105F at our house up the hill on Valle Dr.   The wind was very strong and our trees were really moving!!  Only lasted about 10 mins. and now the humidity has gone up again.  Felt good for at least those 10 mins :-)

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