Southern California Winds Topple Trees, Power Lines

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Southern California to get Santa Ana winds.

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. 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 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. 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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