Wind Storm Wipes Out Power, Causes Property Damage
PALM SPRINGS - Utility workers and emergency crews continue to work on the damage caused by strong winds Saturday throughout the Coachella Valley. Reports of property damage due to the wind storm continue to come in from all valley communities. Palm Springs is among the hardest hit areas.
Palm Springs Fire Department handled approximately 82 calls for service related to the high winds, according to a Palm Springs Police Department spokesman. The calls included structure and brush fires, downed trees fallen into structures, medical assistance calls, downed power lines, arcing power lines and gas leaks.
The Palm Springs Police Department handled approximately 165 calls for service related to the high winds. Wind speeds were clocked at 66mph at the height of wind incident in the City of Palm Springs.
At the height of the wind storm it was estimated that approximately 10,000 Southern California Edison customers were without power. Many had power restored by late Saturday night.
Road closures along Gene Autry Trail remained in place Sunday as crews worked to repair downed power lines and remove other debris.