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    Posted December 1, 2011 by
    San Gabriel, California
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Severe weather

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    High Winds damage San Gabriel Mission


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Freelance photojournalist defmatnyc rushed over to the San Gabriel Mission in California after 70- to 80-mph winds damaged the church and the religious statues on the grounds yesterday. The mission curator told him that he received a security alarm notification at 2 a.m. The collapse of the large crucifix set off a motion detector, according to the curator. 'The crucifix, the wood part was standing, but the Jesus part had fallen off and was really badly damaged. … The hands were knocked off and the arms and hands were pointed upward to the sky. If you see in the photo, Mary is looking up at Jesus and he is looking up in the sky,' he said.
    - zdan, CNN iReport producer

    Hurricane force winds damaged the historic San Gabriel Mission in San Gabriel, CA. The Los Angeles area over night suffered a historic Santa Ana wind event cause wide spread damage over the entire LA basin. These photo's show the damage done to the mission crucifix, which has been there since 1935. The Mission is desperate for help top restore it back to its original condition.
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