NBC Nightly News reported this story Friday evening.
The anchor, Brian Williams, says a major swing storm hit the Southwest on Thursday. He says, "Look at what this story did out West," and then the broadcast goes to a map showing the wind gusts in the Southwest, which ranged from 88- 150 mph. Then he says the report has more about the aftermath of the storm.
Using sound-on-tape, the reporter talks while the viewer sees images of uprooted trees, collapsed roofs, and miscellaneous objects strewn about in a residential neighborhood. The storm left a path of destruction and a state of emergency across California, says the reporter.
"Power poles toppled like dominoes in wind gusts just shy of 100 miles per hour," the viewer hears the reporter say while seeing aerial video footage of the destruction.
Nearly 250,000 homes and businesses are still without power and the Los Angeles Fire Department responded to 2,100 calls in 24 hours.
"This is one of the worst wind storms in a generation," said Antonio Villaraigosa, the mayor of Los Angeles. "The good news is that nobody was injured and nobody was killed."
The reporter is seen walking down a road lined with downed trees while talking about the effects of the storm in other states, including New Mexico and Arizona. He says the storm is heading east.