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Wind gusts near 100 mph reported; about 25,500 without power

Wind gusts of 97 mph were reported at Whitaker Peak in the Angeles National Forest as the number of people without power Wednesday night continued to grow, officials said.

About 25,500 customers in areas served by Southern California Edison were without power, the utility said. Earlier, about 14,000 had no electricity.

Areas hit by outages included neighborhoods in Venice, Mar Vista, Westchester, Monrovia, Pasadena and La Cañada Flintridge. Some of those areas later had power restored, residents said.

The problems were being caused by a significant Santa Ana wind event, one of the more powerful in recent years, the National Weather Service said.

Gusts reached 67 mph in Saugus, 69 mph in Warm Springs, 36 mph in Santa Monica and 47 mph at Los Angeles International Airport, according to the Weather Service.

Trees were toppled and power lines downed across the L.A. area as utility crews scrambled to repair the breakdowns and restore power to affected areas.


Winds create havoc across L.A.

Strong winds knock out power at LAX and in Venice

LAX cleared for flights, but about 14,000 without power

--Andrew Blankstein (twitter.com/anblanx) and Robert J. Lopez (twitter.com/LAJourno)

Photo: Workers remove uprooted trees on Mulholland Drive west of the 405 freeway. Credit: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times

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