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Storm causes destruction around Sonoma County

Toppled trees, slick roads and thousands of customers left without power Friday marked the second round of a two-part storm that first hit the area on Wednesday.

The storm dropped less than one inch of rain in most areas since Thursday and is expected to sputter out into just showers Saturday.

A huge eucalyptus tree crashed through a Penngrove cabin early Friday, obliterating much of the residence but missing tenant Tom Degerstrom by mere feet.

"I heard the big eucalyptus tree crack. A few seconds later it hit the cabin. It sounded like an explosion," said Degerstrom, a police corporal with the city of Napa.

The tree smashed through the living room and entry area, destroying the roof and ripping down walls as it hit the ground.

To get out, Degerstrom crawled through the thicket of branches and leaves. "I feel blessed because I didn't get hurt," he said.

It was the first of two large eucalyptus trees to fall into homes early Friday.

Just before the Penngrove tree dropped, a eucalyptus fell up against a home on Santa Rosa's Temple Avenue, damaging the roof and knocking the home askew. A resident inside wasn't hurt, said Santa Rosa fire Battalion Chief Mark Basque.

The return of rain and winds was enough to knock out power to 14,000 PG&E customers in Sonoma County.

They lost power Friday morning when a tree fell into a high-power cable west of Fulton, said PG&E's Paul Moreno.


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