SAN DIEGO (KGTV) – Record-breaking Santa Ana winds are impacting communities throughout the county. Shutoffs forced closures in seven districts including Alpine, Dehesa, Lakeside, Poway, and Cajon Valley.
In Mira Mesa, winds toppled a tent that one restaurant had set up for outdoor dining. The owner of Golden Island Dim Sum and Asian Cuisine was left cleaning up the mangled mess Thursday morning in hopes of welcoming customers back later that day.
In Julian, employees at the Villa Chardonnay Horses with Wings sent out a plea for help after their power was shut off.
They have about 350 animals on their property including horses and dogs. Without a generator, they say they can’t give their animals any water.
“We need electricity to pump the wells,” said Cindy Montgomery. “I've got a generator in the back of this car right now but it's a small one that will suffice for now, but we need an industrial size generator.”
Montgomery says they have a solar-powered unit as a backup but it isn’t working.
“There are no generators anywhere,” said colleague Billie Feldman. “We need an industrial size generator. Any help that we can get please let us know please contact us as soon as possible.”
SDG&E says these are some of the strongest winds they’ve seen since they began installing their network of weather stations nearly a decade ago. So far, their weather stations have seen wind gusts up to 94 miles per hour.
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