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Strong Santa Ana winds forecast for L.A. area through Wednesday

January 31, 2011 |  6:43 pm

Officials are warning that gusts from a new series of Santa Ana winds could cause driving problems in mountain and canyon areas through Wednesday.

The National Weather Service said high pressure in the Great Basin will cause the warm winds. "Damaging" wind gusts up to 65 mph are forecast in some coastal and inland mountain areas, according to the weather service. Wind gusts in the Inland Empire and Orange County could reach 80 mph.

Drivers of high-profile vehicles should be particularly careful while driving in these areas.

Gusts in the Malibu Hills reached 36 mph Monday.

-- Shelby Grad