Thousands Lose Power in Wind Storm

Winds are predicted to reach 80 mph in valley and mountain areas Monday night

By Chloe Stepney
|  Wednesday, Apr 10, 2013  |  Updated 12:13 PM PDT
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Strong winds downed power lines throughout Southern California, but in Pasadena the winds sent a chill through residents who remembered the devastating winds from December  2011. The city still has not set up the communication system they promised after that wind storm. John Cádiz Klemack reports for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on April 8, 2013.

John Cádiz Klemack

Strong winds downed power lines throughout Southern California, but in Pasadena the winds sent a chill through residents who remembered the devastating winds from December 2011. The city still has not set up the communication system they promised after that wind storm. John Cádiz Klemack reports for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on April 8, 2013.

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High winds caused all kinds of problems in the Inland Empire on Monday. At times, the gusts were so strong that they would whip traffic signals. The wind threw up dust, causing a nuisance for workers and drivers. Tony Shin reports from Hesperia the NBC4 News on April 8, 2013.

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Winds caused damage all around Southern California Monday. In Lancaster, the wind caused the 14 Freeway to shut down. Blown-up dust made it hard for drivers to navigate the roads, which led to a few fender-benders. The winds also downed multiple power lines in the area. Robert Kovacik reports from the Antelope Valley for the NBC4 News on April 8, 2013.
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Dangerous winds knocked out power to thousands of Southern Californians Monday, from Norwalk to Palmdale, with gusts reaching 70 mph in valley and desert areas.

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The strength of the winds impacted driving conditions and downed power lines and trees, according to a National Weather Service wind advisory that is in effect until 6 a.m. Tuesday.

“It’s going to create some very poor visibilities and make for some very dangerous driving conditions,” said NBC4 forecaster Elita Loresca.

Early Monday evening more than 3,000 Norwalk residents were without power, making that community the hardest hit by the outages, according to Southern California Edison. More than 700 Elsinore residents had lost power, as well as more than 500 in Palmdale. Scattered outages were also reported in Rosemead, San Gabriel, Altadena, Pomona, La Habra, and Lancaster.  

In Hawthorne, a tree fell across a resident’s front yard and onto a power line Monday morning. No injuries were reported, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

Tree branches broke and fell onto a car in Manhattan Beach (pictured right).

The gusts began Monday morning at speeds 25 mph at Los Angeles International Airport; 23 mph in Burbank, 23 mph in Oxnard and Apple Valley; and 30 in Oxnard.

Gusts are expected to continue blowing between 60 and 80 mph into Monday night in the metro area, Ventura, Inland Empire and mountains.

Along the coastline, winds could reach 45 to 50 mph, creating large breakers and hazardous swimming conditions. Waves are predicted to climb to 7-to-9 feet in Los Angeles and Ventura counties and 5-to-8 feet in Orange County.

“Storm force and gale force winds across the coastal waters will produce a large wind driven swell from [Monday] through Tuesday morning,” according to the National Weather Service.

Winds are predicted to settle down Monday evening along the coast.

“By tonight you can expect those winds to begin to relax as we see most of those winds confined to the mountains and the deserts,” Loresca said.

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