Cleanup Begins After Winds Topple Trees, Power Lines – Lynette Romero Reports

LOS ANGELES (KTLA) — High winds have been wreaking havoc all over the Southland, shutting down a main highway, toppling trees and knocking out power.

The strong winds are expected to stick around through Tuesday afternoon.

A wind advisory is in effect through 11 a.m. for the Los Angeles County mountains, and through 2 p.m. for the Riverside and San Bernardino mountains.

The valleys of the Inland Empire will be under a wind advisory from 6 a.m. through 2 p.m. Tuesday, the National Weather Service said.

On Monday, a giant dust cloud hovered over Highway 14. The CHP shut down the highway in both directions from Lancaster into Kern County due to low visibility.

The effects of the wind were felt in the San Fernando Valley, too. City crews were out late clearing Riverside Drive in Valley Village, where a tree limb split in half.

In downtown Los Angeles, a tree blew over near City Hall.

And in Los Feliz, on Los Feliz Boulevard, high winds knocked over a tree that blocked two lanes of traffic.

There were also reports of scattered power outages due to the winds.

Southern California Edison is warning its customers to keep their eyes open for downed power lines and report them immediately.

As of Tuesday morning, 1,097 SCE customers were without power in Beverly Hills, San Berardino and Riverside. Crews were working quickly to restore power.

The LADWP said that all of its customers that were affected by outages had their power back.

Along the coast, the offshore winds have also prompted high surf advisories.

The high surf will stick around through 11 a.m. Tuesday for west and northwest facing beaches in Los Angeles and Ventura counties.

A high surf advisory extends through 2 p.m. for the Orange County coast. There is also a high risk of rip currents in L.A., Ventura and Orange counties.

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