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Palm Springs Hurricane Wind Storm

March 30th, 2017

Palm Springs, California.

.          Wow! Palm Springs is in the midst of a major windstorm. The police department sent out a text alert advising motorists to stay off the road. Scheduled events have or are being cancelled. In my area of south Palm Springs the winds are the most severe I’ve seen since 2007 and 2008. The corner street name sign has blown off its pole. Lots of dust and flying debris in the air. The high winds started in the early afternoon and are expected to continue until 11 pm, according to the National Weather Service.

.          Recent rains made me aware of a roof leak and I decided last week that my roof needed to be water-proofed. That meant lifting the tile, removing and replacing the underlay with a two-step foam covering, and then resetting the tile pieces back in place. In order to accomplish the work it was also necessary to have my 23 solar energy panels disconnected and moved off the tile areas. The work started on Monday.

.          By midday today the roofing underlay work had been completed and the roofer, Valley Urethane Foam Roofing, was waiting on the second city inspection. The solar energy panels were stacked in two piles on my flat roof garage. The tile pieces were neatly stacked in various areas of the roof. The roofer was hopeful all work would be completed by Saturday and the solar panels once again mounted on their roof fastenings. The roofing crew was no longer on hand and instead had moved on to other projects.

.          Wind gusts, reportedly in excess of 55 mph, hit Palm Springs this afternoon and I’m certain those winds. Those winds are currently blowing at 55+ mph in my area. There’s debris everywhere including lots and losts of stuff from neighboring Palm Trees. One of my fruit trees has lost a trunk with branches – and the broken section is laying on the ground.  Just received a text from the local newspaper that states “High winds wreaking havoc across the Valley”. They can add my residence to that list.

.          Perhaps the greatest loss at this point is damage to the solar panels that were stacked on the roof. One was blown off and onto my pool patio. Two others were thrown around and appear no longer usable. They will have to be replaced.

.          The very good news is the concern and attention shown by my roofer and the solar panel service he recommended that I use. Both gentlemen immediately responded to my calls. The roofing manager arrived on the scene (his crew had already left) and he personally climbed the roof in the blowing wind to secure the remaining solar panels. The solar panel vendor, Mitch Tatro, phoned, apologized profusely, and assured me there would be no cost to me with respect to replacing my solar energy panels.

.          Looking forward to a calmer day tomorrow – though the prospect of cleaning all the debris from the two yards and patio grounds is not one I relish.

Solar panel laying on pool deck.

Broken tree trunk laying on ground.

View of tiles stacked on roof.

Bond Shands
March 30, 2017
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