It was minutes to midnight in San Pedro when a heavy squall brought in mostly strong winds and a sudden downpour on Friday, June 17, 2011. The storm caught those who were outside off guard and had them running for shelter as the strong winds registered at 54mph. The squall knocked down signs, lifted up light containers and ruffled trees for the most part and even caused some power surges
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Those inside their homes were awakened by the howling winds and falling objects on their verandas and yards. But it was the residents of the San Mateo Area, across the Boca del Rio Bridge, who were more afraid and vulnerable to the rapidly passing storm. Living in shacks and poorly constructed homes, residents in the area were very afraid of their safety.

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