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Southern California under red flag fire warning due to high winds

December 6, 2011 |  7:10 am

A red flag fire warning remains in effect through Tuesday afternoon for much of Los Angeles and Ventura counties even as thousands of residents are still without power from the last windstorm.

Winds are expected to reach 70 mph, according to the National Weather Service.  A red flag warning, which is expected to be lifted at 4 p.m., indicates "critical fire weather conditions."

Meanwhile, many residents in the hard-hit San Gabriel Valley remain in the dark five days after a rare windstorm blew gusts up to 97 mph, knocking down trees and power lines. Southern California Edison reported Tuesday morning that 10,280 customers still did not have electricity.

County Supervisor Michael Antonovich called on Edison officials Monday to expedite the process of restoring power and requested they appear at the supervisors’ meeting Tuesday.

Overnight, the temperature dropped to freezing in many parts of Southern California. The lows Tuesday will be in the high 30s and the highs in the mid-60s in the Los Angeles region. 

Temperatures will drop to the low 30s in parts of Orange County and the Inland Empire, with inland mountain areas dropping into the 20s, according to the National Weather Service.


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Photo: Fallen power poles block the 9900 block of Live Oak Avenue in Temple City as a crew surveys the damage. Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times