Destructive Overnight Winds Take Down Tree, Power Lines

The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory that is in effect until 3 p.m. Thursday

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    A pine tree about 70-foot tall fell overnight in a residential neighborhood in Reseda. The tree landed on top of a Ford Expedition, and NBC4 spoke with the vehicle's owner and his son. Jacob Rascon reports live for Today in LA on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014. (Published Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014)

    Destructive winds early Thursday morning caused some damage in the Southland – including bringing down a large tree (see below) in Reseda that took power lines down with it and caused a power outage in the area.

    A high wind watch was in effect through 6 a.m. North winds upwards of 40 mph and gusts of up to 70 mph were reported.

    The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory that is in effect until 3 p.m. Thursday for most of Southern California, including Ventura, Los Angeles, and Santa Barbara counties, as well as Orange County and the Inland Empire. The strongest winds will be along the coast and below the hills, acccording to the National Weather Service.

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    Drivers are urged to take caution. In some areas, the gusty winds will make driving difficult, especially drivers of high profile vehicles and vehicles towing trailers. Drivers traveling through the Cajon Pass and the Grapevine should be extra cautious.

    Wind gusts of over 60 mph were reported in the Malibu Hills and 40 mph near the Getty Center at 5 a.m. 

    Debris was found in the middle lanes of the southbound 14 Freeway near the 5 Freeway, as well as on parts of the San Diego (405) Freeway near Long Beach this morning due to wind, according to NBC4 traffic reporter Alexis DelChiaro.

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    Construction equipment was knocked over in the Cajon Pass, causing some traffic concerns on the northbound 15 Freeway near the 215 Freeway as well.

    The winds are cleaning out the air, getting rid of pollutants, and pushing out clouds. Residents should expect mostly sunny skies Thursday, according to NBC4 meteorologist Crystal Egger.