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Damaging winds blow over Southern California

April 7, 2013 12:00:00 AM PDT
Damaging winds of up to 80 mph are blowing over parts of Southern California. Strong gusts are expected to last into Monday evening, according to the National Weather Service.

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The powerful northwest to north winds will happen over higher elevations in Los Angeles and Ventura counties, but gusts of up to 50 mph blow at lower elevations as well.

The NWS said the winds will strengthen Sunday night, peak Monday morning and persist into the evening.

Officials warn that the winds may down power lines, trees and large tree limbs, and create dangerous driving conditions, especially for high-profile vehicles.

"It's the same wind pattern that we experienced in 2011, when Pasadena was literally ground zero for the wind storms," said Lisa Derderian of the Pasadena Fire Department. "We sustained almost $20 million in damage. We hope Mother Nature is a lot kinder and gentler this time around."