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High Winds Topple Trees, Leave Residents Without Power Across Los Angeles

Powerful gusts across Los Angeles toppled trees, downed power lines, damaged cars and left thousands of residents without power Thursday night as red flag warnings remain in full force.

Red flag warnings for the Santa Clarita Valley and in the Los Angeles County Mountains and Angeles National Forest are in effect from 7 a.m. Friday until 2 p.m. Sunday, according to the National Weather Service.

On Thursday night, over 1,500 customers were affected by the power outages in Windsor Square, and 1,777 customers had outages in Pico-Union, according to the Los Angeles Department of Power and Water.

Several cars were seriously damaged Thursday night by a fallen tree caused by high winds in West Hollywood, but no one was injured.

The tree fell around 10 p.m. in the 1000 block of Laurel Avenue, near Santa Monica and Crescent Heights boulevards, according to the sheriff's West Hollywood Station.

The winds also caused downed power lines on the West Hollywood-Beverly Hills border and a crew from Southern California Edison was called to make repairs, the watch commander said.

The Santa Ana winds, low humidity and above-average temperatures are expected to raise the risk to wildfires throughout the weekend in parts of Los Angeles County, according to NWS.

Copyright CNS - City News Service
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