LOS ANGELES - Residents up and down the California coast were reeling after a day of pounding winds left streets littered with trees, knocked out power to thousands, and whipped up waves and wildfires.
The blustery storm system left the state by early Tuesday, taking with it wind gusts that topped 80 mph in some areas in Southern California. The calmer weather, accompanied by cooler night temperatures and higher humidity, helped firefighters at a wind-whipped wildfire in Fillmore about 50 miles northwest of Los Angeles.
Enough progress had been made at the blaze, which destroyed two homes on Monday and threatened about 160 others, that officials lifted all evacuation orders by early Tuesday, Ventura County fire Capt. Mike Lindbery said.
Shawn Decaro, whose relatives lived in one of the destroyed homes, said the fire moved into the city so quickly that he barely had time to help them evacuate.