Halloween rain brings power outages and accidents

November 1, 2014

rainThe first significant rain event on the Central Coast in 188 days led to power outages, collapsed roofs, fallen trees and a fatal vehicle accident.

More than 6,000 people in San Luis Obispo County lost power on Halloween night. Over 5,000 homes in Arroyo Grande, 800 in Moro Bay and 300 in Paso Robles were temporarily without power.

Shortly before 6 p.m., the driver of a street sweeping truck that spun out and then rolled on Highway 101 north of the Cuesta Grade was killed in the crash.

At 7:40 p.m., the roof of a large warehouse owned by the North American Fire Hose Company in Santa Maria collapsed under the weight of the rain. No injuries were reported.

At 9:15 p.m., a large tree fell at the intersection of Embarcadero Del Mar and Trigo roads in Isla Vista completely blocking the roadway. After months of no rain, a weakened root systems and the weight of the rain caused the tree to fall.

Meteorologists estimate rainfall of between .75 and 1.5 inches.

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