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Powerful winds expected to subside across Southern California on Tuesday

March 7, 2011 |  9:32 pm

Strong winds whip sand dunes onto Indian Canyon Drive in Palm Springs.

Strong winds buffeting Southern California are expected to diminish Tuesday morning but not before powerful nighttime gusts continue sweeping across parts of the region, the National Weather Service said.

The agency said Monday night that damaging winds were expected along Interstate 5 in the Grapevine area and the western portion of the Antelope Valley.

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 tree damaged the structure shortly before 9 p.m. in the 8800 block of South Wall Street, the Los Angeles Fire Department said.

Earlier in the evening, the wind was gusting at 59 mph in Saugus, 36 mph in Malibu Canyon and 33 mph in Van Nuys, according to the 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 will be in the 70s and could reach 80 degrees in some areas.


Powerful winds cause damage across Southern California

-- Robert J. Lopez
Twitter: @LAJourno

Photo: Strong winds whip sand dunes onto Indian Canyon Drive in Palm Springs. Credit: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times