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On the heels of the rain come the wild winds

December 29, 2010 | 11:21 pm

Much of Southern California was being buffeted by strong north-blowing winds Wednesday night, with some gusts reaching more than 60 mph in foothill and mountain areas.

The winds are expected to last until about noon Thursday.

Rich Thompson, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Oxnard, said parts of the San Gabriel and San Fernando valleys are getting gusts of more than 30 mph, with Burbank Airport recording wind gusts close to 40 mph.

The California Highway Patrol’s traffic website reported toppled trees throughout Los Angeles County, including along the interchanges of the 110 and 101 freeways and the 5 and 101 freeways.

“It’s definitely very windy out there, and it looks like it’s going to continue through tomorrow morning,” Thompson said late Wednesday.

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-- Hector Becerra

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