Short but powerful round of Santa Ana winds topple trees, energy lines in Los …

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AP NewsLOS 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 Los Angeles Department of Water and Energy mentioned about 23,000 consumers were without electricity in the San Fernando Valley location of Los Angeles. 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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