Friday, April 13, 2007

"Scratch that one off the list"

We've had a serious bout with windy weather here on the coast this week. A colleague in Chicago laughed at me when I told her that on Tuesday but anyone fool enough to live in the Windy City can't be trusted to think straight on matters of weather.

Winds have gusted all week, the kind that move your car from one side of the road to the other. Or tear a roof off a mobile home. Or knock trees down right on top of you:

A San Diego high school girl on a trip to check out college campuses was injured Thursday when winds toppled a tree near UCSB's Campus Point, county fire officials said.

The unidentified student, 17 or 18 years old, according to university officials, was trapped under the 30-to-40-foot cypress tree, said Capt. Eli Iskow of the Santa Barbara County Fire Department.

She was transported by ambulance to Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital where she was treated and released, a hospital spokesperson said.

Her father and her boyfriend were also hit by the tree but not trapped, and not seriously injured, officials said.

The story leaves us in suspense for it does not give any additional details other than to say she was released. I'm guessing though that UCSB didn't make the cut.

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