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Winds topping 70 mph batter Southern California

January 28, 2012 |  8:04 am

Parts of Southern California were being battered by Santa Ana winds that topped 70 mph.

The National Weather Service has issued a red-flag warning for large swaths of the region through Saturday night, with officials saying the fire danger is high.

Many fire departments have deployed extra firefighters to attend to fires quickly when they occur. Humidity on Saturday will be very low as well.

The winds were strongest in parts of the Inland Empire, though they were also strong winds in parts of L.A. County. Here are areas with peak wind speeds on Saturday morning and graphs from NWS:

-- Malibu Hills 64 mph

-- Newhall Pass 61 mph

-- Clear Creek 69 mph

-- Whitaker Peak 45 mph

Weather Story (click for larger image)


Weather Story (click for larger image)


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Graphics: National Weather Service