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Santa Ana winds: L.A. County declares state of emergency

December 1, 2011 |  4:13 pm

State of Emergency
Los Angeles County has declared a state of emergency because of the Santa Ana windstorm.

Michael D. Antonovich, chair of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, made the declaration Thursday afternoon after Pasadena, Sierra Madre, Monrovia, Temple City, San Marino and Glendora declared their own emergencies.

The foothill cities in the northern San Gabriel Valley were hit hardest by the windstorm, as winds from the north knocked over utility poles and century-old trees.

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In Glendora, City Hall and the library were closed because of the power outage. The suburb's Police Department was hampered earlier in the day with phone problems.

In Pasadena, 450 trees had fallen or were damaged, according to a city statement. Two libraries – Lamanda Park Branch Library and Hill Avenue Branch Library – had minor damage from fallen trees. All Pasadena Unified School District schools were to remain closed on Friday. Azusa Unified also said it would be closed.

And in San Gabriel, winds pushed over the city's decorated Christmas tree – which was lit up two days ago – and knocked over a  crucifix.

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-- Rong-Gong Lin II

Photo: Felled trees and a power line at Longden Avenue at San Gabriel Boulevard. Credit: Ken Kwok / Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles County has declared a state of emergency because of the Santa Ana windstorm.

Michael D. Antonovich, chair of the Board of Supervisors, made the declaration Thursday afternoon after the cities of Pasadena, Sierra Madre, Monrovia, Temple City and Glendora have declared their own emergencies.

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