LOS ANGELES (KTLA) — Wet , wild and windy weather slammed Southern California, downing trees, power poles and electrical lines.
In South Los Angeles, a man was driving along Broadway on Tuesday when strong winds pushed a massive tree onto his vehicle.
“I’m doing okay… blessed to be alive,” Gerson Martinez told KTLA. “Just driving down the road, getting off work… It felt like a collision,” he recalled.
“Then I saw branches and stuff on top of me. I was just able to get out, just pushed the door open,” he said.
“I didn’t know how big the tree was, but it smashed the whole truck in — the whole top, the windshield. But I’m all right, I get to see another day.”
A wind advisory warned of gusts of 35 mph or greater in parts of Southern California.
Hollywood and downtown L.A. were areas that forecasters said could be hardest hit.
There were downed power lines in Encino, a power pole on fire in North Hollywood and even some hail in the San Fernando Valley.
A palm tree fell onto a house in Jefferson Park on Tuesday, not far from downtown. Fortunately, there was no serious damage and no one was hurt.