Close call! Oak tree limb missed the neighbor's car and house by a few feet!

Baby lettuces snapped! Had no chance with 80 mph winds

Defoliated citrus tree leaves and most of the fruit fell off the trees

Front porch farm stand needs some tidying up

What a night!

Pasadena was hard-hit by winds that come roaring down the 210 corridor last night and the situation continues with power outages, fallen trees, downed power lines and structure fires.  A State of Emergency has been declared and officials have asked that residents conserve water and use extreme caution when leaving their homes.  Was a unsettling night for residents (us included) as  howling winds wrecked havoc and sirens were heard every few minutes throughout the city most of the night.

Latest reports via the Pasadena Star News

Pasadena Police Chief Philip Sanchez said the city opened its emergency operations center at City Hall about midnight.

City officials are asking citizens to stay indoors.

“If you don’t need to be out, shelter in place,” said Pasadena Police Chief Phillip Sanchez.

Sanchez reports there are at least 200 down power lines in Pasadena and as many as 270 trees.

The weather caused multiple fires over nights, including one that resulted in one person being critically injured and three others were hurt near the intersection of Penn Street and Fair Oaks Avenue.

More than 20 intersections are without power.

Here on the homestead… it’s an unsightly MESS (see more pics) but… thankfully….

Animals are safe, people are okay, house is strong (metal roofs can withstand 90 mph winds, after all!).

Still, when you rely on the garden for food and income.. it’s sad to see all the damage to all the greens but they will bounce back soon! . We’ll be struggling to do any orders for awhile. Nonetheless, counting our blessings for what we do have!

Hope everyone in the San Gabriel valley are OK too!

The cleanup will go on for days; however, forecasters predict “It Ain’t Over Yet” and tell us to expect another windy (and sleepless) night.

Rakes & brooms anyone?


  1. 1916home says:

    YIKES – Glad you are all OK. We survived too. On the drive to work this morning there were several huge trees uprooted.

  2. Susan says:

    I’d heard about this and am glad you’re OK.

  3. CE says:

    So glad you are all ok.

  4. The Weekend Homesteader says:

    Wow! Your front porch farmstand looks terrible. Glad you’re okay.

  5. Nebraska Dave says:

    Anais, I’m glad that you and all your animals are unharmed. Winds do make quite a mess. The weather this year has been very volatile across the country. The destruction has blasted both coasts and skipped across the country all summer long. Gardens always take the brunt of destruction during a wind storm. The main thing is that your house and family all are unharmed. I will indeed be saying a prayer for your family and animals to be protected from any weather that comes your way this night. If I lived closer, I bring in my chainsaw and help with the cleanup.

  6. Joy Giles says:

    I saw the damage you all suffered on the news tonight. That was some bodacious wind. Our thought and prayers are being sent from Texas for your safety and recovery from the destruction.

  7. Audra says:

    I was hoping you were all ok. When I read the news about it I immediate had your family and my Aunt (who also lives in that area) pop into my brain. It is a relief to know you are all alright.

  8. Chris V says:

    Hi Dervaes Family ~~ Just came back on-line to find this report. Oh dear! So very thankful you are all okay. So saddened to see the defoliation on your fruit trees. It happened to my elderberries when Irene blew by Cape Cod. The salt winds with no rain was a big ouch! – no harvest) I pray they come back for you well! Stay Safe!!!
    Keeping you in my prayers, always.

  9. Leslie says:

    Glad to hear that all of you are okay. The winds here in Eagle Rock were unbelievable, but it seems as though Pasadena was hit much harder. We brought our rabbit in the house. It was pretty scary out there.

  10. Leslie says:

    P.S. We just got our power back today at 3PM

  11. Monica says:

    So sorry to hear/see that. How scary. Glad everyone is well. 🙂

  12. V Schoenwald says:

    I was worried how you all faired. High winds are scarey, we had some high winds here a few days ago, nothing like what you had.
    I am glad everyone and critters are ok. Wish I was closer, I would get my broom and dust pan out.
    Prayers are in the pipeline to you.

  13. Justin says:

    I felt the winds that night too. Our new little dog was barking all night because of the wind. Glad your garden didn’t get too damaged!

  14. Bethany says:

    We’ve had the same here in Utah! We’ve got a hoop house that took a bit of a beating, but all in all it faired pretty well. Just had to patch up a few things, and the produce is okay. We were without power for 24 hrs (some in our area for 3 days). The storm has been kind of a blessing to us, because now I’ve realized the things we need to do to get prepared for other emergencies. We definitely have some work to do!

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