GLENDALE — Powerful wind gusts of up to 61 mph in Glendale toppled several trees throughout the city early Thursday, including a massive 50- to 70-foot Ficus tree that caused significant damage when it collapsed on two parked vehicles along Central Avenue. No injuries were reported.
Early-morning winds roared through several Glendale neighborhoods and caused major headaches for some residents who awakened to find streets littered with branches and downed trees blocking roadways on Central Avenue and Tyrrell Place.
Armen Chakmakian said he awoke about 4:50 a.m. after hearing a loud cracking sound and then a crash.
He hurried outside his apartment on the 1300 block of North Central Avenue and found the massive Ficus sprawled across the major thoroughfare.
"I was sort of half-in and half-out sleep and then the police showed up right away … and I came out and I was shocked when I saw the tree," he said. "I mean look at how big that thing is."