'Powerful' winds knock down dozens of trees, destroys home near Bass Lake

BASS LAKE, California - High winds brought down dozens of trees in our mountain communities. 

PG&E said the gusty winds and downed trees even took out power Monday night to more than a thousand customers near Bass Lake. 

YourCentralValley spoke with residents about the damage it caused to their homes. 

A huge tree was smacked down in the middle of Joyce Willey's house. 

We spoke to the homeowner who said it's the last thing she ever expected. 

"It's amazing you'd think that tree would be so strong," Joyce Willey, a Bass Lake homeowner, said.

Late Monday night the high powerful Mono Winds swept through knocking out power and dozens of trees, including one onto Joyce Willey's roof in Bass Lake. 

"Wind is powerful," Willey said.

That powerful wind comes almost every year from the North East, according to officials. 

"It's so dangerous I'll tell you we had cedar, pines and others fall last night," Tom Wheeler, Oakhurst District 5 supervisor, said.

Officials said county road crews worked all night to get the trees cleared. 

"They cleared out around 60 trees from roads and houses," Wheeler said. 

Willey said while she is thankful no one was hurt, the cost of the damage is unknown.

"Right off the bat I have to pay $2,500 because that's what is required before insurance starts paying," Willey said.

The price she said she never thought the force of Mother Nature would bring on. 

"I respect Mother Nature I'll tell you that," Willey said. 

She said luckily she has another home just down the road where she has been staying.

Officials in the North Fork area said they expect the winds to pick up again. They want residents to be careful and stay indoors if they can.

Officials said if there's an emergency to call 9-1-1.


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