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By Miriam Raftery

Photo by Jane Moore: downed tree limbs in El Cajon

February 1, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) – A fierce storm that roared through our region over the weekend toppled trees that killed a woman in Pacific Beach, injured a 10 News crew in Mira Mesa and sent a Santee mom to the hospital.  Downed trees destroyed a popular wedding spot at the San Diego Botanic Garden. Winds also toppled trees and patio furniture across East County, our readers report.  The storm caused power outages to over 18,000 customers as SDG&E crews worked through the night to restore power.

The storm brought wind gusts locally as high as 85 miles per hour at Harrison Park in Julian, 80 mph at Lucky Five Ranch and 72 miles per hour in Julian.  Other wind-struck areas include Mission Trails Regional Park at 69 mph, Lake Cuyamaca and Mt. Laguna at 67, Oceanside 60 mph, Alpine, Lyons Peak, Ramona and Boulevard in East County all at 59 mph and La Mesa at 41 mph.  View more wind speeds countywide at

The storm also dumped heavy rainfall and some snow in mountain areas.  Palomar Observatory measured 3.68 inches during the 48 hours ending 4:02 a.m. Monday. During the same time, Lake Cuyamaca got 2.87 inches, July 2.31 inches, Descanso  1.70 inches, and Mounta Laguna 1.69 inches.  La Mesa, Santee and Lakeside each got about half an inch, while in Borrego a trace, less than a half inch. View more precipitation totals at

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