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High winds return to Southern California

December 5, 2011 |  7:17 am

More high winds are expected to blow through portions of Los Angeles and Ventura counties Monday and into Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service.

A surge of offshore winds from the northeast was expected to reach 25 to 40 mph with gusts up to 60 mph late Monday morning, forecasters said. The winds are expected to taper off later in the day and through the evening, but then increase again late Monday night and early Tuesday.

The weather service warned that the potentially strong winds could cause damage to power lines and knock down trees. The high-wind warning remains in effect until 3 p.m. Tuesday.

Temperatures in the Los Angeles region are expected to reach a high of 64 degrees Monday, with a low 29 degrees. The forecast calls for a sunny day with clear skies.

On Thursday, a windstorm that produced gusts up to 97 mph toppled trees and left more than 400,000 residents throughout Los Angeles County without power, many of them in the San Gabriel Valley.

About 27,000 Southern California Edison customers still did not have power Monday morning.

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