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Thursday, December 1, 2011

Theme Day: Action Shot

(see below for wind advisory press releases from the Pasadena Public Information Officer, including phone numbers and emergency instructions, as they come in)

Today's City Daily Photo theme is "action shot. This picture of a white crane coming in for a landing at Hahamongna Watershed Park was a lucky shot for me. I have countless action shots of my dog, Boz, running at Hahamongna. They're fun, but it's not the same.

City Daily Photo is now 1429 blogs strong. Sure, some people post more "daily" than others. But pick a city, almost any city, and there's bound to be a CDP blog in it or near it. Our newest addition is Sohar, Oman. Stop by and give a welcome.

Not all CDP bloggers take part in theme day. It's not a requirement. It's just fun. Click here to view thumbnails for today's participants.


WIND ADVISORY UPDATES

Outage Map

1:30 pm

The Pasadena Police Department has surveyed major streets for fallen trees, downed power lines and damaged facilities.

Of 200 buildings in Pasadena damaged by the wind storm, 42 units have been red-tagged – 40 units in one building alone – and six have been yellow-tagged. Residents of red-tagged units have been evacuated.  Thirty-six residents are at a temporary shelter at Robinson Park Center, 1081 N. Fair Oaks Ave. California Assemblyman Anthony Portantino graciously provided lunch to the families today. The local Red Cross is assisting at the shelter.

Lamanda Park Branch Library and Hill Avenue Branch Library have sustained downed trees and minor damage.  All Pasadena public libraries are closed today; it will be determined later today if libraries will open tomorrow.

Public schools, Maranatha High School, Pasadena City College, Fuller Theological Seminary and Northwest College are closed today; closures tomorrow will be announced.

The Pasadena Fire Department responded to wind-related fire incidents in the 100 block of Penn Street where a house fire resulted in four injuries; the 1200 block of Hudson Avenue where 40 residents were evacuated due a large tree falling into the structure; and the 900 block of Del Mar Boulevard where seven residents were evacuated due to a structure fire. The injured residents were transported to a local hospital.

Four hundred fifty public street trees are down or damaged. This figure does not include trees in parks and Brookside Golf Course, where assessments are not complete.  The Pasadena Public Works Department is being assisted by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works to clear downed trees in the public right of way.

By 11 a.m. today 30 percent of major streets had been cleared of fallen trees and other debris.  Crews expect to complete the work on major streets by the end of the day today.  All but eight of 106 impact traffic signals have been restored to normal operations.

Power is being restored to customers throughout Pasadena. Currently about 3,791 customers – about six percent – are without power; at 9 a.m. more than 5,000 were without power.

Pasadena ARTS buses are not running today.  Dial-A-Ride is available only for non-emergency medical appointments.

Animal control through the Pasadena Humane Society is taking care of animals that are loose as a result of downed fences.

On-street parking regulations are not being enforced today except in Red Flag restricted areas, red curbs, loading zones and disabled parking spaces.  Enforcement of overnight parking restrictions will be suspended tonight except in Red Flag areas.

The Pasadena Public Health Department encourages anyone who has been clearing debris to make sure they have up-to-date Tetanus shots from the department at 1845 N. Fair Oaks Ave. or a private physician.

The Pasadena Fire Department encourages everyone to make sure their disaster preparedness kits are updated and to have fresh batteries in flashlights.

If power goes out, keep your refrigerator and freezer doors closed to preserve perishables.

A local state of emergency was declared early this morning and the Emergency Operations Center was activated overnight.

Pasadenans are advised to stay home if possible until the wind situation improves because some roads are impassable and many trees remain fragile throughout the community.  Many streets are barricaded due to fallen trees and/or downed power lines.

The Zero Waste Strategic Plan workshops, the World AIDS Day event and the General Plan workshop in Spanish scheduled for today have been canceled.

City officials urge people not to call 9-1-1 or other emergency numbers unless you have a life-threatening emergency. Do not approach or attempt to move downed power lines. Pasadena Water and Power crews are responding as quickly as possible; they are not responding to downed cable TV lines.

Two information phone lines have been established for the public to report fallen trees and downed power lines – (626) 564-0199 and (626) 564-0299 – and the city website at www.cityofpasadena.net is being updated as necessary.

Additional updates will be provided throughout the day.

Pasadena residents and others who want to sign up for local alerts can go to www.cityofpasadena.net/fire/PLEAS or www.nixle.com.
 
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Our dear PIO was up very early this morning, and possibly all night:

9:00 am
Now that daylight is upon us, city of Pasadena crews are thoroughly assessing damage throughout the community so responses can be more targeted with respect to fallen trees, downed power lines, damaged facilities, etc.

A local state of emergency was declared early this morning and the Emergency Operations Center was activated overnight.

Pasadenans are advised to stay home if possible until the wind situation improves because some roads are impassable and many trees remain fragile throughout the community.  Many streets are barricaded due to fallen trees and/or downed power lines. We are in the process of clearing trees off major arterial streets and restoring power as quickly as possible.

Pasadena public libraries, public schools, Maranatha High School and Pasadena City College will be closed today.

Dial-A-Ride service will be operational for non-emergency medical appointments only. Pasadena ARTS buses are not in service and be restored to service by this afternoon.

A shelter for displaced families has been established at Robinson Park Center, 1081 N. Fair Oaks Ave., where Red Cross workers are assisting as well.

The Zero Waste Strategic Plan workshops and the World AIDS Day event scheduled for today have been canceled.

Overnight there were several structure fires, with patients transported by paramedics to local hospitals.

City officials urge people not to call 9-1-1 or other emergency numbers unless you have a life-threatening emergency. Do not approach or attempt to move downed power lines. Pasadena Water and Power crews are responding as quickly as possible; they are not responding to downed cable TV lines.

Two information phone lines have been established for the public – (626) 564-0199 and (626) 564-0299 – and the city website at www.cityofpasadena.net is being updated as necessary.

Pasadena residents and others who want to sign up for local alerts can go to www.cityofpasadena.net/fire/PLEAS or www.nixle.com.

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5:45 am
Pasadena was hard-hit by winds overnight and the situation continues with power outages, fallen trees, downed power lines and structure fires.

Pasadenans are advised to stay home if possible until the wind situation improves because some roads are impassable.  Pasadena ARTS buses are not running until further notice.

The top priorities for the city of Pasadena are life safety and clearing streets. City crews from the Pasadena Fire Department, Police Department, Public Works Department and Pasadena Water and Power have been responding all night throughout Pasadena and continue to do so.

Do not call 9-1-1 or other emergency numbers unless you have a life-threatening emergency. Do not approach or attempt to move downed power lines. Pasadena and Water crews are responding as quickly as possible; they are not responding to downed cable TV lines.

Two information phone lines have been established for the public: (626) 564-0199 and (626) 564-0299 and the city website at www.cityofpasadena.net is being updated as necessary.

Pasadena residents and others who want to sign up for local alerts can go to www.cityofpasadena.net/fire/PLEAS or www.nixle.com."

21 comments:

dive said...

Cool! What a great shot, Petrea. You must have been quick on the draw to capture that.
Though of course seeing Boz having fun would have been ever better. I hope he gets his turn in the spotlight soon.

Latino Heritage said...

My word, you hit manna. What a glorious shot!

Dina said...

Something about the bird's angle or its legs makes this seem for like a fantasy book illustration than a photo.
Wonderful!

R1 said...

A very dynamic shot Petrea, i like it a lot. And thank you for mentioning Sohar (Oman) in your post. It's a great honor to have my blog earn a spotlight in your blog. Shukran Jazeelan! [Thank you very much].

Petrea Burchard said...

Good morning, everyone! We're having an exciting morning in Pasadena, as Latino Heritage can attest. We had a wind storm last night that must have been the biggest one ever seen in these parts. My street is blocked at both ends by 90-year-old trees that were no match for it.

Dive, no worries. I can't go very long without Boz pictures.

Roberta, I'm glad you like it. I want a better telephoto lens!

Dina, it's a surprise to see a magnificent bird like that, yet we do see them in that beautiful park.

Hello, R1! Nice to meet you. I hope you enjoy your City Daily Photo blogging and meet a lot of wonderful people around the world, as I have.

Jilly said...

Gosh, you've got tough weather at the moment. Hunker down with a hot toddy I'd think...and stay safe.

Love the crane. What a beautiful bird.

Patricia said...

I guess I'm just shocked at your weather down there. Pasadena is usually so predictable weather wise. I'm glad you are all safe. It's a good day to stay in doors with a hot drink maybe. And I am sad at the thought of the city loosing those trees.

Petrea Burchard said...

In the heat of the day the wind isn't so bad. The kids are out in the street now (the schools are closed), sweeping up branches. The downed trees will take longer. The city is working on major streets first. I don't know when they'll get to us, we're just a little street.

Major wind storms happen here relatively often. The last time we had a big one our fence came down. But this is the biggest one ever. I've never seen anything like it. We'll have pictures tomorrow.

Susan Campisi said...

Gorgeous shot! I think you need to show that to the Pasadena City Council.

Last night I saw wires burst like fireworks from my back windows. Luckily a fire didn't break out but I lost power soon after that. I barely slept last night from all the random objects banging around outside. Still no power but at least no major damage in my area. It was scary though. The winds reminded me of Long Island hurricanes of my youth.

Petrea Burchard said...

I had trouble sleeping last night, too, Susan. It was scary. So much flying about, banging, etc. Our house held up, though.

I understand a lot of Altadena is without power and I hope that doesn't last too long. I think some of Pasadena is still without power but we've been lucky to have it all the way through.

I've been updating the post today with Ann Erdman's (Pasadena PIO's) press releases about wind advisories and the city's response. I just posted the 1:30 release.

Petrea Burchard said...

Really. I sound very serious. There have been a few injuries and I don't know details on those. But:

...on our block, it was like a snow day in the Midwest. The kids got a day off school, everyone was out playing in the street, the neighbors got a chance to hang out and chat because it was impossible to go to work and even though we lost two giant cedars (well, they're not lost, they're just not standing) it smells divine.

Petrea Burchard said...

Plus Roberta (Latino Heritage) came by. Serendipitous visitor! That doesn't happen every day.

savannah said...

just saw pictures of pasadena and thought of you! glad you're safe. xoxoxo

(checked with the coconut krewe in la and they all had the same thing to say: la goes crazy when the power goes out, mom!)

Patricia said...

Just saw Pasadena on ABC World News. Wow, you guys made the big time, lol. But seriously, it is amazing there were not more people hurt. They are forecasting more winds for tonight. I hope everyone stays safe.

Petrea Burchard said...

Hello Savanna, sugar! How sweet of you to think of me.

Patricia, so far the winds are calm and I don't think it will be up to the wildness of last night. I sure hope not.

Ms M said...

Amazing photo!

Glad you are safe after such severe winds. Hopefully the winds will calm down to a boring breeze.

Latino Heritage said...

So right that there were few that were hurt. I wandered around and saw a lot of trees that were down. I"m going to post some on my blog. I've been happily amazed that there's been few injuries.

Petrea Burchard said...

It's been an amazing day, Ms. M! I hope all the birds are hunkering down. We saw a few parrots get buffeted about earlier. I don't know if they enjoyed it or not.

LH, I'll be posting some photos tomorrow. After what I've seen today I'm surprised we didn't have more injuries. We were very lucky.

Speedway said...

I saw the headlines before I left for work early this morning. I was wondering whether you'd be affected. Glad to read that all is, so far, OK.

Katie said...

Great photo, but wow, I hope that bird didn't get blown about too badly in all the wind! Was too busy at work today to check the news and so just saw how bad the winds were down there (they weren't too bad in NorCal). Yikes! Sorry to hear about all the destruction. There's an article in the NY Times about the Santa Ana winds that references Raymond Chandler's short story “Red Wind“ where he writes: "On nights like that every booze party ends in a fight."

Petrea Burchard said...

Somebody said this was the strongest wind we've had in ten years. I doubt the validity of that time frame.

I've been in LA 23 years and I've never seen anything like this. If there were bad winds ten years ago, I doubt they took out this many trees. Three giant trees on our block alone, and that doesn't count smaller trees and felled branches.