• Fri. Nov 25th, 2022

Santa Ana winds knock out tide for thousands across Southern California

Another round of Santa Ana winds swept across the Southland on Thursday, raising concerns about possible wildfires and power outages.

A wind warning was in effect Thursday 3:00 p.m. to Friday 11:00 a.m. in the mountains and valleys of San Fernando and Santa Clarita, Thursday 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. in coastal Orange County, and through Friday 10:00 a.m.: 12:00 a.m. in upstate Orange County.

Sustained winds of 25 to 45 miles per hour were expected in some of those areas Thursday, with gusts of up to 60 miles per hour in the valleys and 75 miles per hour in the mountains of Los Angeles County, the National Weather Service said Thursday night down to 50 miles per hour.

“Harmful winds could blow down large objects such as trees and power lines,” the NWS said. “Power outages are possible. Traveling could be difficult, especially for high profile vehicles.”

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Gusts of 91 mph were recorded Thursday morning on the Magic Mountain Truck Trail and 68 mph in Browns Canyon south of the Ronald Reagan (118) Freeway in the Chatsworth area.

Much of Los Angeles and Ventura counties were on a red flag fire hazard warning through Friday morning, with increased to brief critical fire weather conditions possible on Friday and Saturday due to gusty winds and low humidity.

“This Santa Ana event will take place a little farther east than recent events, leading to a greater focus on the western San Fernando Valley and western parts of the Santa Monica Mountains,” the NWS said. “…There is a smaller window of critical conditions for the coastal areas along and west of Malibu into Coastal Ventura County, centered on Thursday daytime.”

With a fire weather warning in effect, forecasters urged residents in fire-prone areas to prepare immediately for possible blazes that could force evacuations. The NWS urged residents to visit readyforwildfire.org or wildfirerisk.org for fire preparedness tips.

Meanwhile, Southern California Edison said public safety power cuts were being considered for 7,584 customers in Los Angeles County as a precaution against wildfires. No shutdowns had occurred in LA County as of 1:30 p.m. Thursday, but SCE has shut down power to 5,872 customers in Riverside County and 3,179 customers in Ventura County.

For more information, see www.sce.com/outage-center/check-outage-status.