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Red-flag warning: SoCal high winds cause power outages, damage

The high winds caused power outages for over 1,000 people and damaged property in the Southland on Sunday.
May 11, 2014 7:18:52 AM PDT
The high winds caused power outages for over 1,000 people and damaged property in the Southland on Sunday. Get your weather on the go with the MEGADOPPLER weather app!

In the metro West Los Angeles area, 1,100 Department of Water and Power customers were without power Sunday morning. About 500 DWP customers were also in the dark in Canoga Park.

Southern California Edison only reported one wind-related outage in Inglewood that impacted 175 customers. Power was restored to the area by 11 a.m.

Gusts in coastal mountains near Los Angeles reached as high as 73 mph early Sunday, while the day brought sunny skies with high temperatures in the mid-80s. In the afternoon, winds gusting up to 32 mph caused delays of up to an hour for flights taking off or landing at Los Angeles International Airport.

Visibility was drastically reduced as powerful gusty winds kicked up a lot of dust and dirt near the 15 Freeway in Jurupa Valley Sunday.

The winds also caused a tree to topple over, landing on a parked car in Mar Vista. The mess blocked a residential street there.

The owner has had the Mazda5 for about five years. He said he brought the tree to the city's attention weeks ago, but it was not tended to. It is unclear how he will be compensated for his car.

A tree also fell damaging a parked vehicle in the 3000 block of Norwood Place in Alhambra.

CHP says wind may have possibly caused a trailer to overturn on the southbound 15 Freeway between Sierra Avenue and the 210 Freeway in Fontana.

Pasadena banned parking in posted areas in the foothills Sunday, standard procedure for red-flag warnings.

Fire departments in Ventura and Los Angeles counties beefed up their staff as dry brush and winds could create an extremely dangerous combination for a wildfire.

"Right now, L.A. County Fire Department, we're in red-flag warnings so what we've done is staff additional personnel at some of our fire stations, particularly in Malibu, Santa Clarita, and we do have additional staffing in San Dimas and the Glendora area as well," said L.A. County Fire Battalion Chief Arthur Ellis.

Temps Sunday climbed into the 80s across most of the Southland. Critical fire weather conditions were likely Sunday and Monday, according to the National Weather Service.

The National Weather Service is forecasting a prolonged period of hot and dry conditions for the region, with possible record heat on Tuesday. Temperatures are forecast to climb above 100 in many areas this week. The gusty Santa Ana winds are expected through Thursday.

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CNS and The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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