Southern Calif. winds topple trees, power lines

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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. LOS ANGELES ( — Strong winds swept through the San Fernando Valley Friday night and Saturday, reaching gusts of up to 60 mph, National Weather Service.

A Los Angeles Department of Transportation worker tends to a fallen traffic light that was blown down by heavy winds in the Van Nuys section of Los Angeles on Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015. 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. 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 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 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. 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. 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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