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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.