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Strong Santa Cruz winds topple trees leading to damaged homes and vehicles

SANTA CRUZ, Calif (KION-TV) - Areas of Santa Cruz are still recovering from the aftermath of Sunday's strong storm. Gusty winds and rain led to multiple toppled trees around the city.

In Santa Cruz's Opal Cliffs neighborhood, Paige Gordon's home was hit by one of those falling trees.

"Hopefully the county will take me and our neighbors, seriously now because we've been asking them for maintenance schedule for this parcel for over two years, and they've been unable to provide one," Gordon said.

Meanwhile in the Southview Terrace area of Santa Cruz, large trees severely damaged multiple cars parked in the street. Sean Basalyga's girlfriend's car was parked directly behind where a tree fell, but luckily not damaged.

“I saw this other tree fall and totally crushed this other car go straight through it. My car and my girlfriend's car were near miraculously good," Basalyga said.

Thankfully, no one was hurt in either incident.

Throughout the day on Sunday, thousands of PG&E customers were without power due to the weather.

“Our apartment actually is like losing power every now and then because power lines are down and there's so much debris like on campus," UC Santa Cruz student Sadie Gardiner said.

With the severe weather that's slammed the Central Coast, those living in the area say they hope people are out of harm's way.

“Can't control nature, right. So hopefully everyone's just being smart and being safe and do what they gotta do," Santa Cruz resident Mile Eyre said.

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