Connor McCarthy | Mustang News

Winter returned to California as a powerful storm slammed into the state, bringing heavy rain and damaging winds.

Cal Poly’s weather station recorded nearly two inches of rain since Wednesday, Jan. 31. High winds overnight were recorded at 15 mph with gusts reaching 20 mph.  A larger portion of an eucalyptus tree fell onto a small section of the Career Service building without serious damage.

There were reports of other fallen trees throughout San Luis Obispo. Business Finance Senior Adriena Le said she woke up to a tree that fell through her front yard fence and was tangled in power lines.

“It was super unexpected, didn’t hear anything,” Le said.  “I woke up to run an errand and open the garage and I looked in our driveway and there was a tree tangled in the power lines.”

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From San Luis Obispo to Southern California, the storm caused flash floods to road closures. In Santa Barbara County, the California Highway Patrol closed a portion of U.S. 101 through Montecito after a mudslide covered roads.

However, the rain is supposed to continue through Monday with another two inches expected for San Luis Obispo. For now, Le said she is just grateful her house came out of Friday night’s storm okay.

“We are just glad everyone is fine and that there wasn’t a lot of damage,” Le said.

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