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High winds lead to scattered power outages

November 11, 2010 |  3:08 pm

By mid-afternoon Thursday, about 6,400 homes were without power due to high winds in territory served by Southern California Edison, a company spokesman said.

Outages began about 6:30 a.m. as gusts surged to 60 mph with sustained winds of 20 mph to 30 mph.

By 11:30 a.m., about 8,000 homes lacked power in Edison territory, which covers most of Orange, Ventura and San Bernardino counties and most of Los Angeles County outside the city of Los Angeles, said Steve Conroy, a spokesman for the utility.

Most affected are foothill areas stretching from La Cañada Flintridge to the Coachella Valley, with reports of damage concentrated in La Cañada Flintridge, Altadena, Upland, Rialto and Rancho Cucamonga.

High wind conditions are expected to continue into the evening, according to the National Weather Service.

“It’s probably a good idea to have a flashlight handy this evening,” Conroy said.

-- Howard Blume