Crazy Southern California winds leave 25000 homes, businesses without power

25 Jan 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Powerful Santa Ana winds topple trees, power lines in Los Angeles.

LOS ANGELES — Powerful Santa Ana winds with gusts topping 89 mph toppled trees and power poles in Southern California on Saturday, leaving several thousand people without electricity. The Santa Anas are generated during cooler months when westward currents reach fierce speeds as they squeeze through Southern California mountain ranges, lowering humidity and making vegetation susceptible to fire.

The strongest winds hit the mountain regions, such as the Malibu Hills, the Topanga area and the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains, said Curt Kaplan of the National Weather Service in Oxnard. Los Angeles County Fire Department lifeguards launched a search for the missing kayakers around noon Saturday, and helped them paddle back to shore about an hour later.

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