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Santa Ana winds: Power could be out for two days in parts of L.A.

December 1, 2011 |  4:29 pm

The wind sent a tree toppling onto the roof of a Pasadena Shell station.

Los Angeles residents experiencing power outages could have a two-day wait before power is restored after a windstorm swept through Southern California on Wednesday evening, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said.

City crews, many with additional staffing, will be working throughout the night, as more high winds are expected Thursday, Villaraigosa said during a press conference at the emergency operations center.

More than 134,000 of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s 1.4-million customers lost power after the storm began Wednesday. By Thursday afternoon, city crews had restored power to more than 80,000 customers, Villaraigosa said.

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“For customers currently experiencing outages…it could take as long as 48 hours before power is restored,” he said. “We ask for your patience.”

More than 100 crews are working to restore power.  Neighborhoods in “virtually all areas of the city have seen power outages,” he said.

“This is one of the worst windstorms the city has experienced in maybe a decade,” Villaraigosa said.

Across Southern California, more than 380,000 homes were without power.

Pasadena fire inspectors red-tagged 42 units damaged by strong winds, and an additional  200 must be evaluated before a second storm hits the region Thursday night, officials said.

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Photo: Damage from the winds at gas station. Credit: KTLA-TV Channel 5 News

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