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High winds whip Southern California

December 17, 2011 |  7:42 am

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Powerful winds are whipping many parts of Southern California Saturday and are expected to continue into the late morning and early afternoon.

A high-wind warning is in effect for parts of Ventura and Los Angeles counties, and much of the Inland Empire.

The Oxnard office of the National Weather Service is forecasting winds from 30 mph to more than 70 mph across the region.

Winds on the Newhall Pass are forecast to reach up to 58 mph. Lockwood Valley in Ventura County is expecting winds of 76 mph, according to the NWS. Burbank and Simi Valley will get 30 mph winds.

Still forecasters are not expecting winds to reach the force of the storm that knocked down trees, power poles and traffic lights and left hundreds of thousands of people without power at the beginning of the month.

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-- Sam Quinones

twitter.com/samquinones7

Photo: Upland at sunrise. Credit: Irfan Kahn / Los Angeles Times.

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