Strong winds cause damage in Bakersfield, blow through Kern County

Winds damaged trees and power lines

BAKERSFIELD - Winds blowing through Bakersfield and the rest of Kern County earlier today snapped trees and knocked out power for some PG&E customers. 

Winds in Bakersfield reached speeds as high as 42 miles per hour. 

Around 4:20 p.m. the Kern County Fire Department fought a wind driven fire on Granite Road, just a mile north of Round Mountain Road. Crews were able to aggressively attack that fire on the ground and air. It burned across 99 acres of land before being completely put out. 

Between 3 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. some PG&E customers in Kern County lost power. The utility company said there were weather related power outages during that time period. At one point more than 2,000 customers with were out power this evening. By 10:30 p.m. that number had dropped to just over 400 customers affected by the outages. 

 

 

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