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Storms bring power outages, flood warnings

Modified: Friday, Nov 30th, 2012

High winds and heavy rain toppled a pair of acacia trees across Carbonera Drive and onto a vehicle early Friday in the Pasatiempo area. (Photos by Tarmo Hannula/Register-Pajaronian).

CAPITOLA — A powerful string of Pacific Northwest storms may have claimed the life of a man in Capitola Friday. Rescuers pulled the body from a rapidly surging Soquel Creek near the Nob Hill Food Market on Bay Avenue at 11 a.m. Emergency personnel said, on first inspection, he appeared to have drowned.

Some friends, who claimed to know the deceased man, said he was 51 years old and homeless. They told the media that their friend has been missing for the past three days and “missing” posters were spread around the area.

A powerful string of storms continue to rake the central coast toppling trees across roadways and utility lines. Area creeks and rivers are bulging and traffic has been drastically slowed, at times by heavy downpours.

At 9:30 a.m. a pair of acacia trees slammed across the pavement on Carbonera Drive in Pasatiempo. The 75-foot trees completely blocked the roadway and buried an SUV parked at the curb.

“We're getting buried,” said Santa Cruz police officer Wes Morey. “We’re going to get swamped all day with stuff like this. I’ve seen several traffic control lights twisted around backwards by the wind.”

For the complete article see the 12-01-2012 issue.

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