Fierce winds topple giant tree in Bel Air, knock out power for parts of SoCal

BEL AIR, LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Fierce winds whipped across the Southland overnight, toppling over a giant tree and knocking out power for many residents in Bel Air and other parts of the Southland.

The tree fell shortly before 2 a.m. Tuesday in the 200 block of North Glenroy Avenue. The tree was so large that crews could not haul it away. They were expected to cut the tree to pieces before removing it later in the day.

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Fortunately, the tree did not hit any homes or vehicles, but it did cause some damage to a nearby wall. Glenroy Avenue north of Sunset was impassible.

The wind also caused power lines to fall, which sparked a small fire around 1 a.m. in the 1000 block of Beverly Glen Boulevard. The blaze spread to a nearby tree and then a car and caused damage to some windows on a structure.

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The wind was the source of power outages all across the Southland overnight. According to the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, approximately 4,800 customers were without power citywide at one point Monday night.

DWP said the worst hit areas were the San Fernando Valley and the Mid-Wilshire District.

In areas served by Southern California Edison, the problem areas Tuesday morning were Covina, Lancaster, Torrance, West Hollywood, Brea, Newport Beach, Norco and Palm Springs.
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