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More strong winds may be headed to Southern California

December 14, 2011 |  7:44 am

Palm fronds damaged in wind
The National Weather Service is warning of possibly strong, potentially damaging winds hitting Southern California from Thursday night through Saturday. 

Damaging gusts up to 60 mph could blow through Ventura and Los Angeles counties, the weather service says. The peak is expected to be late Thursday night into Friday morning.

Although it's still too early to tell, the low-pressure system appears reminiscent of the scenario that brought damaging northerly winds to the region earlier this month, weather service officials said.

A Santa Ana windstorm blew through the region Dec. 1, producing gusts up to 97 mph and causing trees and power lines to fall and electricity to fail for thousands of customers. Most of the damage was centered in the San Gabriel Valley.

The strong offshore winds headed to Southern California could cause low humidity and create heightened fire risk.


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Photo: Palm fronds brought down by heavy winds earlier this month on East Mountain Street in Pasadena. Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times.