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Wind gusts topping 65 mph hit Southern California

December 18, 2012 |  4:51 pm

Weather Story (click the image for a higher resolution image).

The rain moved out, but now Southern California is being buffeted by strong winds and sub-freezing temperatures.

The National Weather Service issued an alert about heavy winds across the region, particularly in the mountains and passes. Top winds in some of those regions could top 65 mph, with gusts of 35 mph in some valleys.

"Strong and potentially damaging northwest winds will develop today and continue through early Wednesday. The strongest winds are expected across the mountains of Santa Barbara, Ventura and Los Angeles counties where wind gusts up to 65 MPH are likely," the weather service said. "Elsewhere widespread wind gusts between 30 and 50 mph are expected. The winds are expected to peak in strength this evening."

There have already been scattered reports of trees down in some areas.

A wind advisory is in effect until 10 p.m. in Orange County.


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