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Heavy storm causes fallen trees, power outages

This past weekend’s storm caused power outages and property damage, including a fallen tree that dented a car on High Street. According to junior Rebecca Doran, this morning, the streets she normally biked along were littered with broken branches, which made it difficult for her to get to school. “In my usual bike path, which goes through Greene Middle School, there were a bunch of really big tree branches,” Doran said. “I could see all the branches on the street and they were obstructing my path.” (Photo: Kristine Lin)

Following a weekend of heavy rain and extreme winds from an atmospheric river that hit the state, the Palo Alto community is recovering from fallen trees, power outages and damage caused by the storm.

English teacher Marc Tolentino said he struggled with a lack of both electrical and Internet power yesterday.

“The power went out around 3 o’clock in the afternoon, and shortly after, the Internet went out,” Tolentino said. “Normally, the power doesn’t affect the Wi-Fi and I can just hop on my phone or get work done electronically. But there was a point where there was no power, I couldn’t open the fridge because all the food was going to spoil, and [there was] no Wi-Fi.”

According to sophomore Dorin Flynn, the road conditions were treacherous while driving up Interstate 5 from Newport Beach to Palo Alto, roughly 400 miles.

“The roads were slippery, and it was really windy,” Flynn said. “My mom’s car was getting blown in the road and there were tumbleweeds. There was also flooding in some areas — but mostly off the road — until we got back into San Jose, where there was flooding and traffic on the highway.”

Caution tape around the pathways near Palo Alto High School’s 200s building prevents students from walking underneath large eucalyptus trees, which could cause potential harm. (Photo: Kristine Lin)

At Palo Alto High School, the storm also caused fallen branches, building leaks and large puddles. According to Assistant Principal Jerry Berkson, the school is taking steps to mitigate any further damage.

“We have broken tree branches that are sitting on top of the 200s building right now,” Berkson said. “We’ll take care of that as soon as possible.”

Berkson said the area in between the 200s building, 100s building and library has been blocked off to protect students from being potentially harmed by the eucalyptus trees.

“You never know when there’s one [branch] that snaps and falls,” Berkson said. “We’re past the big part of the storm, but it’s better to be safe than sorry.”

Latest City of Palo Alto updates on the storm can be found here.

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Kristine Lin
Kristine Lin, Managing Editor
Kristine Lin (Class of 2025) joined The Paly Voice her sophomore year. Outside of journalism, she enjoys going on scenic hikes, taking road trips, and traveling to new places.
Ava Knapp
Ava Knapp, News Editor
Ava Knapp (Class of 2026) joined The Paly Voice her sophomore year. She does cross country/track and field and plays the piano.

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