July 26, 2021

Second day of strong winds in the Coachella Valley

Great havoc caused by strong winds in the region.

On 38th Avenue between Varner Road and Washington Street, the base of a giant power pole broke causing it to lean into the road. Crews observed the damage and had to close the road to traffic.

On Indio Boulevard between Fargo and Smurf streets, a tree fell after the wind uprooted it.

“Normally there are always trees like this,” said the landscaper, Carlos Luna.

Luna was working near the tree, and she wasn’t too surprised. He said that after big wind events, they are used to having a more extensive cleaning.

“We just stay away from the big trees,” Luna said.

Wednesday morning also posed a terrifying moment for the driver of a large rig when the vehicle rolled over. The crash was reported at 9:06 a.m. at the southbound highway 62 to westbound Interstate 10 connector, according to the California Highway Patrol.

“The wind picked up the trailer like a piece of paper. The wind erased the trailer from behind. I’ve been driving for almost 30 years and it can happen to anyone,” the driver told News Channel 3.

At the time of the accident, the truck was empty. The driver appeared to be fine after the accident.

N. Palm Canyon Drive had been closed until about 9:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Gene Autry Trail was closed for the entire morning and early afternoon. Drivers had to back up at the road closure.

“We’re here to see the Desert X exhibit. It’s a bit disappointing because we came from San Diego,” said San Diego resident Michael Parm.

The section of road that was closed is also where a Desert X exhibit has come up with a series of billboards.

“Hopefully we will be here for a couple of days, so we will have another chance to come,” Parm said.

“I had no idea it was going to be so windy,” said Grace Montgomery, a Monrovia resident.

Montgomery and her husband were visiting Los Angeles County. They weren’t both going to let the detour deter their plans. Instead, they decided to park and walk down to take a look at the exhibition.

“There were points of calm and then there were points where we were really pushed to the side and I mean I have, you can’t see it but I have sand all over the place. I’m sure I have sand in the ear of the wind.” Montgomery said.

Gene Autry Trail reopens Wednesday afternoon. That’s after the couple left, but they had plans to return the next day.