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Fierce Winds Lash Montecito Bringing Down Trees and Power Lines

The strongest winds in six years were clocked Sunday night in Montecito at 86 miles an hour when a unique weather blast to hit Southern California.

One weather forecaster said it was the strongest winds to hit the area since the 2008 Tea Fire incident.

Residents woke to shredded trees, and debris on the ground across many streets and lavish properties.

Westmont College had a large tree come down and block an entrance road.

A window at the library blew out and some books and papers were strewn around.

On River Rock nearby, a tree pulled out power lines when it came down. Crews were called out at midnight to respond.

The winds were not as strong in Santa Barbara, but drivers at Gaviota said it was hard to control their vehicles when the winds roared through that canyon.

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