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Warning issued for 85-mph gusts, 12-foot surf as Santa Ana winds move into L.A. area

January 20, 2011 |  6:37 am

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The National Weather Service issued a warning of "damaging" wind gusts of up to 85 mph in parts of Orange County and the Inland Empire as strong Santa Ana winds moved into the region on Thursday.

A "high pressure ridge building along the West Coast and surface pressure building over the great basin" are the reasons for the high winds, according to the weather service.

The heaviest gusts are expected in hillside and canyon areas such as Santa Ana Canyon and the Cajon Pass. The warning is set to expire Thursday afternoon.

The system is also expected to produce waves of up to 12 feet on some west-facing beaches. Officials warned of possible localized flooding and dangerous rip currents.


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