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High wind advisory in effect, gusts could reach 60 mph

January 2, 2013 |  8:14 am

Gusty Santa Ana winds that could produce hazardous driving conditions could continue in the Los Angeles area until Thursday.

Wind gusts could reach up to 60 mph in the Santa Monica, Ventura and Los Angeles mountains. In the San Fernando Valley, gusts could reach 45 mph, according to the National Weather Service in Oxnard.

A wind advisory is in effect until 2 p.m. Thursday, said Bonnie Bartling, a specialist with the National Weather Service.

Winds are expected to peak Wednesday morning and return during the evening.

“These winds can take down power lines and tree branches,” she said. She urged drivers operating large vehicles to use caution.

A high surf advisory is also in effect through 6 p.m. for some Ventura County beaches, including the Ventura Harbor. High rip currents are also expected on the Los Angeles coast.

Wednesday is expected to be sunny with highs in the 60s. Temperatures will dip down to the 40s and 50s overnight, but warm slightly Thursday, with highs that could reach 70 degrees.

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