Still, flooding struck several beach communities and also canyon areas like the scene at Marion Bear Natural Park by University City.
Heavy potted palm trees were felled like bowling pins by strong winds along Avenida de la Playa in La Jolla Shores.
Motorists were also forced to slalom around fallen palm fronds along El Paseo Grande in La Jolla.
Among those enjoying the nasty weather were surfers, like this one at La Jolla Cove. The same surfer’s luck later ran out when his board was snapped in half by the intense wave action.
A relatively powerful storm delivered some much-needed rain to drought-conscious Southern California over the weekend — and some wicked winds over the three-day period — although the rainfall totals didn’t quite live up to the buildup of many weather forecasters. Photos by Don Balch