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Storm Crashes Tree Into Parked Cars at El Camino Center

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A 200-year-old tree in the parking lot of El Camino Shopping Center fell during Saturday night’s storm, crushing at least 10 cars. According to eyewitnesses several people were trapped in their cars but were able to extricate themselves unscathed. The shopping center had previously posted a sign at the base of the tree saying, “As we look to continue our care of this landmark tree, please refrain from climbing on its delicate branches or walking within the tree’s enclosure.” The low fence surrounding the ancient oak did nothing to prevent it from toppling over in the fierce storm, causing damage that was still being cleaned up as of Monday morning.