High Winds Cause Damage Across Southern California

High winds are expected to continue blowing through parts of Southern California today, causing power outages and toppling trees.

Yesterday, a high wind warning went into effect at 3pm and was expected to continue through at least 3pm Saturday in the Los Angeles County Mountains, the Santa Clarita and San Fernando valleys and the Santa Monica Mountains.

The National Weather Service (NWS) said the LA County Mountain area could see winds up to 45 mph with gusts of up to 70 mph, the San Gabriels could see occasional gusts up to 70 mph. Other areas could expect to see winds between 25 and 35 mph with gusts up to 65 mph.

While winds are expected to die down a bit today, the NWS says ‘higher than normal’ winds will continue through Sunday night and could be ‘strong and potentially damaging,’ and likely to cause power outages and fallen tree limbs and debris.

The wind advisories also came with warnings that the high winds can make driving difficult, especially for high-profile vehicles. Areas noted by the weather service for caution include the Golden State (5) and Antelope Valley (14) freeways.

Multiple reports of downed trees came in in the areas of Glendora, Claremont, La Verne and Malibu.

According to City News Service, as of early Saturday afternoon, SoCal Edison was reporting 45 outages affecting more than 13,000 customers in LA County, and three outages affecting about 80 customers in Orange County. LADWP is also reporting several scattered power outages affecting ‘hundreds’ in their coverage area.

KFI News’ Michael Crozier took these photos early Saturday of wind damage seen in the area of Claremont.

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