High winds destroy Pismo Beach restaurant tents, tree topples onto home

Posted at 9:16 PM, Dec 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-08 01:14:32-05

From downed trees to winds so strong they destroyed tents outside a restaurant, the winds made their mark throughout the Central Coast on Monday.

"This is what we're talking about. It is too windy here. It's blowing everything around," said an employee of Huckleberry's in Pismo Beach.

Captured on cellphone video, Huckleberry's brand new tents were ruined by high winds.

"I was just getting ready to decorate the inside with some lights and make it more homey and inviting and things like that so it's a huge blow," said Co-Owner of Huckleberry's, Krista Courtney.

She and her husband, Mark own the restaurant.

Just five days ago, they set up the tents purchased in Fresno to keep customers warm and comfortable. The two tents are unsalvageable. It's a more than $2,000 loss.

A couple thousand dollars more was recently spent on heaters, also toppled over by the gusty winds just before 10 Monday morning.

"I mean, we're devastated," Courtney explained. "I mean, my husband just said, 'I don't know if I can do this anymore. I don't know if I can put anymore money into this.'"

The damaged metal and ripped tents are now stored in the back of the restaurant.

"We won't be able to use the same tents again," Courtney said.

The winds were certainly top of mind all day Monday. If you were outside it was unavoidable.

"I'm just at one of my work sites and enjoying a little bit of the wind we have here," said Debra Ellington-Lino who was working in Nipomo.

Elsewhere, the wind whipped through an Arroyo Grande neighborhood.

Tree trimmers got to work after a tree came topping down onto a home on Sierra Way.

Thankfully, no one was hurt.