Strong Winds Stir Up Problems Across the Region

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 SACRAMENTO -- Powerful winds caused havoc Saturday and canceled events across Sacramento.

The National Weather Service issued a wind advisory for Saturday from 4 a.m. to 6 p.m., prompting a Red Flag Warning.

At the very festive intersection of Butternut Drive and Mistletoe Way in Citrus Heights, wind forced down a tree in Rex Minor's front yard.

Minor knew something was up when the water went out in his house. So, he ran and grabbed the keys to both of his cars.

"Moved them just in the nick of time," Minor said. "My wife was still parking when it fell down."

The tree took out a water main with it, flooding the street.

Minor says his quick thinking came because he knew one day the tree would fall. He claims the city weakened his tree years ago when it removed several of its roots to repair the sidewalk.

"And I told them at the time, 'Is that tree going to be alright?' 'Yeah, yeah it's fine,'" Minor told FOX40. "They had arborists come out and look at it, said it was all fine. And it just kept leaning and leaning, and finally it just gave way."

Similar reports of fallen trees and branches popped up all over the Sacramento area and beyond Saturday night.

Two people were hurt when a large tree fell into the intersection at L and 26th streets in midtown Sacramento.

Elsewhere, the wind forced the Theatre of Lights to cancel in Old Sacramento. The event will continue Sunday night as planned, weather permitting.

At the Global Winter Wonderland at Cal Expo, tears could be seen in the silk fabric covering the lighted structures. A spokesperson said crews were working quickly to repair anything that was damaged by the wind -- but the wind and cold didn't keep away the crowds.

SMUD Warns Its Customers

Gusty winds took their toll on Sacramento's power lines, leaving about 1,500 people without power Saturday.

Most of the outages were caused by trees into power lines and power lines bumping into each other, according to Sacramento Municipal Utility District spokesperson Robert Tokunaga.

Tokunaga says, just like the public, SMUD watches the weather, so they had crews on standby overnight. He says, due to redundant power lines, crews are often able to reroute power and restore service to customers within an hour.

SMUD reminds anyone who comes across downed power lines to stay clear of the lines and make a report to SMUD.