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High winds bring scattered power failures to Southern California

November 11, 2010 | 10:41 am

Wind High winds that have caused power failures in Los Angeles County and the Inland Empire are expected to continue into Friday, according to the National Weather Service.

Outages were scattered from La Canada to Redlands, affecting an estimated 2,900 customers, said Steve Conroy, a spokesman for Southern California Edison.

The Los Angeles County mountain areas can expect northeast winds between 25 mph to 40 mph with gusts up to 60 mph Thursday afternoon. Northeast winds of 15 mph to 25 mph with gusts up to 35 mph will develop this afternoon below passes and canyons from Malibu to the Hollywood Hills, the National Weather Service said.

A high-wind warning is in effect until midday Friday for Riverside County and the San Bernardino mountains.

The coastal slopes of the Santa Ana mountains and its canyons will experience sustained winds of 15 mph to 25 mph with gusts of 45 mph to 50 mph, weather officials said.

Southern California Edison customers should expect possible outages as winds continue, Conroy said.

-- Stephen Ceasar

Photo: The high winds that have caused power failures in some places also created offshore conditions,delighting  surfers along the Southern California coast, including the south side of the Huntington Beach pier. Credit: Al Schaben / Los Angeles Times