Santa Ana winds knock out power to thousands in California

25 Jan 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Crews working to restore power across California after winds wreak havoc.

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. The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power said Saturday’s outages affected more than 54,000 customers – mostly in the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles. 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. 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.

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