Hurricane-strength winds blast Southern California, knock out power

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Gusty winds knock out power to 55K in Southern California.

Power was being restored Sunday to tens of thousands of people who lost electricity in Southern California after fierce Santa Ana winds gusting as much as 89 mph toppled trees and power poles. LOS ANGELES ( — Strong winds swept through the San Fernando Valley Friday night and Saturday, reaching gusts of up to 60 mph, National Weather Service. Residents affected by the outage were located in the central portion of the Valley, south of Nordhoff Street and north of the 101 Freeway, stretching from Winnetka to the Burbank Airport.

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 wind pried a large billboard off its foundation in the 6000 block of Lankershim Boulevard in Valley Village, where there also may have been high-voltage power lines stretching for an entire block in the area.

At 9:45 a.m., the NWS reported wind gusts reaching 69 mph on a mountain north of Malibu, 66 mph at Agoura Hills, 46 mph at Saugus and 44 mph at the Van Nuys Airport. Other peak gusts in the mountains Saturday included 73 mph at Mount Wilson, 58 mph at Mill Creek above Tujunga, and 58 mph at Boney Mountain, southwest of Westlake Village. (©2015 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc.

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