High Winds Cause Damage
Photo: Video by kmir6.com
CREATED Apr. 8, 2013
It was been a bad day to be outdoors, and even worse to be on the roads.
Vista Chino Drive in Cathedral City was closed completely after a power pole blew over.
The winds kicked up before dawn this morning, and conditions were bad all across the valley Monday
A semi over-turned on eastbound Interstate 10 near the Date Palm Exit.
The wreck snarled traffic for miles, and the passenger in the truck was hospitalized.
"We do have initial reports indicate that it may have been caused by the wind," said Officer Ramon Perez with California Highway Patrol.
So CHP reminds people driving high-profile vehicles to be especially careful in the conditions.
"If there are travel advisories in effect which warn about gusty wind conditions up ahead, it is still your responsibility to pull over and make sure you get through the area safely," said Officer Perez.
KMIR6 viewer, Cheryl, sent us video of a tree down this morning along Highway 111 in Rancho Mirage.
All across the desert, crews worked to clear fallen trees.
"I've seen some trees down, the palm trees bending," said Palm Springs resident, Donna Laurent.
But still, some people welcome this weather.
"It just feels good, it just feels good out here, it's better than 105 degrees or 90 degrees weather, so I like it," said Laurent.
Another KMIR6 viewer sent us pictures of the damage to her backyard in Thousand Palms from what she called a whirlwind.
"It got really dark over our house, it was really cool. Because I'm from Illinois, gosh it's like a tornado, it gets dark and it was just complete sand and you couldn't see for live five minutes," said Palm Desert resident, Kyla Powers.
Valley residents say wind this strong is rare, but some wind in the desert is to be expected..
"It can be bad, you can get some really bad windstorms that will uproot trees, knock out power, I mean there's traffic signals down off and on all over so, it's just one of those things you have to deal with," said Palm Springs resident, Scott Davis.
Monday's high wind warning continues until 9pm.
The winds are expected to be back again Tuesday.