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By Eric Heinz

Wind gusts as high as 45 miles per hour, high surf and rain descended upon the coastal cities of Southern California from Sunday through Monday afternoon.

Much of the damage was caused from wind ripping up trees or uprooting them.

According to the Orange County Sheriff’s Blotter in San Clemente, at least a dozen traffic hazards were reported between Sunday, Jan. 31 and Monday, Feb. 1.

San Diego Gas & Electric reported tens of thousands of people from San Diego to Orange County were without power at one point during the storm.

“As of 3:30 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 1, SDG&E has restored service to more than 40,000 customers, and crews worked to restore the approximately 19,000 customers who remain without service,” SDG&E stated in a press release on Monday. “High winds throughout the evening hours limited SDG&E’s ability to fully restore service.

The electric company attributed the damages to the continuing weather phenomenon El Niño.

“While we’ve worked to plan ahead for El Niño conditions, some storm-related outages are unavoidable,” SDG&E stated.

The largest number of customers without power at one point was 60,000.

For information during power outages, visit Specifics for San Clemente’s outages were requested but not available by press time. Those numbers will be updated in this article when available.


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