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Strong winds expected to return after brief reprieve Sunday

December 4, 2011 |  7:55 am

Temple City on Saturday

Wind-weary Angelenos will get a brief reprieve Sunday but can brace for a couple more days of strong gusts, the National Weather Service said, while more than 55,000 customers who lost power during last week's harsh weather remained without electricity.

The northeast winds across the mountains of Los Angeles and Ventura counties are forecast to diminish gradually throughout Sunday morning.  But strong winds are likely to gather again by late Sunday night and continue through Tuesday afternoon.

Mountain areas could see winds at damaging levels, with gusts of 75 miles per hour, and winds could reach 65 mph in the valley. Strong gusts are expected in the Santa Monica Mountains, Santa Clarita Valley, western and northern San Fernando Valley and below passes and canyons from Malibu to Hollywood, as well as in parts of Ventura County.

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As of 6 a.m. Sunday, Southern California Edison had 56,066 customers, most of them in the San Gabriel Valley, without power in the wake of last week's damaging storm, the utility said. The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power reported about 1,000 remaining outages Saturday night.

Edison said it would be handing out supplies including flashlights, water and ice to customers who still don't have electricity between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Sunday at these seven distribution centers:

  • Altadena — Altadena Community Center, 730 E. Altadena Dr.
  • Arcadia — Los Angeles County Regional Park at Huntington Drive and Santa Anita Avenue (in the northeast corner of the parking lot)
  • La Canada Flintridge — Community Park, 1327 Foothill Blvd.
  • San Gabriel — Fire Station 51, 1303 S. Del Mar Ave.
  • Sierra Madre — Memorial Park, 222 W. Sierra Madre Blvd.
  • Temple City — City Hall EOC, 9701 Las Tunas Ave. (near Kauffman Avenue)

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Photo: Downed power lines in Temple City on Saturday. Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

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