Wind Advisory Issued as Gusts Up to 75 mph Expected in L.A. and Santa Barbara Counties

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Palm trees are hit by high winds in a file photo. (Credit: KTLA)

A wind advisory was issued until 10 p.m. Sunday for parts of Southern California, as potentially damaging gusts are expected in the mountain areas of Los Angeles and Santa Barbara counties, the National Weather Service said.

The strongest winds were forecast in the north-south corridors of the two counties, and are likely to reach speeds between 60 and 75 mph through the mountains, the weather service said.

Other affected areas included downtown L.A., Hollywood, and the cities of Malibu, Santa Monica, Beverly Hills and Long Beach.

North winds of 20 to 30 mph, with gusts up to 40 mph, are probable in those areas, with isolated gusts up to 50 mph in the hills, forecasters said.

The conditions may have an impact on local roadways, including the 405 Freeway.

“Winds this strong will be capable of blowing debris and downing tree limbs, as well as causing power outages,” the weather service said in a statement. Motorists, especially those in high-profile vehicles, were urged to use extra caution when driving and be prepared for sudden crosswinds.

Northerly winds will subside Monday morning, while northeast winds are expected to increase across Ventura and Los Angeles counties on Monday night and into Tuesday.

The Santa Ana wind conditions will likely lead to more advisories, the weather officials said.