Powerful Winds Hit Southern California

Big rigs are knocked over and bad hair days abound

From sunrise to sunset, the Santa Ana winds roared through Southern California on Friday.

Wind gusts clocked at more than 50 miles per hour blasted through mountain passes, bending trees, rolling tumbleweeds and even making life tough for birds.

In Santa Clarita, people leaned into the wind and held on to their hats, while in Porter Ranch, they just tried to stay warm.

“I’m trying to avoid getting a chill," said Larry Smith. "I have arthritis and other problems, I'm just trying to survive.”

The gusty winds made for treacherous driving, especially for high profile vehicles.

Electrician Victor Torres had trouble keeping his ladders strapped to the roof of his van.

“Earlier today on the 118 it was shaking back and forth," Torres said.

Cal Trans workers were busy cleaning up debris along Tampa Avenue. But just when one plastic bag was scooped up, another one appeared.

"It's a lot of work, it's like we've got to clean up all the needles and all the trash blowing in our faces," said Michael Torres. "It's crazy because every time we try to scoop it up, the wind just blows it away."

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