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Powerful winds cause damage across Southern California

March 8, 2011 |  6:05 am

Powerful overnight winds toppled trees, caused several accidents and kicked up dust across Southern California.

Wind gusts were clocked at up to 60 mph in some areas. There were reports of cars and homes damaged from falling trees as well as a mobile home in Lancaster partly destroyed. Power lines reportedly snapped in Palm Springs.

PHOTOS: Gusting high winds blew large sand dunes onto Indian Canyon Drive

Los Angeles fire officials were investigating whether strong winds toppled a tree into a home in South Los Angeles. One injured person was transported to a hospital after the structure was damaged by the fallen tree shortly before 9 p.m. in the 8800 block of South Wall Street, the Los Angeles Fire Department said.

On Monday night, the wind was gusting at 59 mph in Saugus, 36 mph in Malibu Canyon and 33 mph in Van Nuys, according to the National Weather Service. Wind advisories and warnings were issued for areas from the Central Coast to Southern California.

The Los Angeles area was expected to experience warmer weather Wednesday from Santa Ana winds, the agency said. Highs are expected to be in the 70s and could reach 80 degrees in some areas. Wind warms should expire around 9 a.m.

 

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-- Robert J. Lopez

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