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Gusty Winds Whip Across SoCal, Drivers Warned

wind-treesFONTANA, Calif. (KTLA) — Strong winds are whipping across Southern California, with sudden gusts making for challenging driving conditions.

Much of Southern California will remain under a wind advisory until Thursday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service.

The affected areas include the San Fernando and Santa Clarita valleys, the L.A. and Ventura County coasts and the L.A. and Ventura County mountains.

A wind advisory extends through 10 p.m. Thursday for some areas, including the Orange County coast and the valleys of the Inland Empire.

Also affected are the Santa Ana Mountains and foothills and the San Bernardino and Riverside County mountains.

The strongest wind gusts were expected Wednesday night and Thursday morning.

The Santa Clarita Valley will see winds of 15-20 mph, with gusts up to 40 mph. In the San Fernando Valley, wind gusts could reach 35 mph.

In the Inland Empire, winds will be about 20 to 30 mph, with some isolated gusts as high as 60 mph.

Forecasters warn that cross winds can create hazardous driving conditions, especially for high-profile vehicles.

The winds could also down power lines and trees, especially since the ground is saturated from recent rains and the soils are loosened.

The winds can also down trees and power lines, potentially triggering power outages.

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