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High winds: Debris creates traffic hazards on roads, freeways

December 1, 2011 |  7:38 am

With trees and debris flying into roadways across Southern California, officials advised drivers to stay home Thursday if possible.

The CHP reported no fatal or major injury crashes related to the wind, but fallen trees and flying objects such as ladders and debris from damaged buildings littered roadways, creating traffic hazards and closing access throughout the night.

CHP dispatchers in Los Angeles County reported more than 4,400 traffic incidents Wednesday.

As of Thursday morning, Officer Ed Jacobs said no freeways were completely shut down, but lanes were closed on the eastbound 134 Freeway at the 5 Freeway due to downed trees and on the northbound 5 at Stadium Way.

Los Angeles Fire Department personnel were also kept busy with wind-related incidents, including wires and trees down, transformer explosions and a brush fire that broke out near Occidental College early Thursday morning.

At one point Wednesday night fire department personnel were responding to 105 wind-related incidents at once.


Powerful Santa Ana winds sweep across Southland

Gusts near 100 mph reported; about 25,500 without power

-- Abby Sewell