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A series of storms is taking aim at Southern California, bringing rain as well as big surf at local beaches. rainpic

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The rain moved out, but now Southern California is being buffeted by strong winds and sub-freezing temperatures.

About 2,000 residents lost power in South Los Angeles and an additional 600 in Encino were in the dark early Tuesday evening, according to officials with the city’s Department of Water and Power.

The first outage in Encino was at about 5 p.m., following reports of downed power lines, said DWP spokesperson Carol Tucker.

The outage in South L.A. began about 6:20 p.m., Tucker said. “Not clear what happened there,” Tucker said.

The National Weather Service issued an alert about heavy winds across the region, particularly in the mountains and passes. Top winds in some of those regions could top 65 mph, with gusts of 35 mph in some valleys.

“Strong and potentially damaging northwest winds will develop today and continue through early Wednesday. The strongest winds are expected across the mountains of Santa Barbara, Ventura and Los Angeles counties where wind gusts up to 65 MPH are likely,” the weather service said.

“Elsewhere widespread wind gusts between 30 and 50 mph are expected. The winds are expected to peak in strength this evening.”

Chris Wolfe has our report.

The last in a series of storms was moving across the Southland Monday morning, with clearing expected by the afternoon.

rain-tree-bgLOS ANGELES (KTLA) — The last in a series of storms was moving across the Southland Monday morning, with clearing expected by the afternoon.

According to the National Weather Service, the storm will produce scattered showers over Ventura and Los Angeles counties

The heaviest rain was expected in the foothills of the San Gabriel Valley, the NWS said.

Skies will begin to clear Monday afternoon. Partly cloudy to mostly sunny skies and near-normal temperatures are on tap from Tuesday into the weekend.

The unsettled weather brought periods of rain over the weekend, as well as high surf along much of the coast.

Dangerously high surf struck west-facing beaches Saturday between Central California and Orange County, prompting the NWS to issue a coastal hazard warning.

A large swell was causing waves as large as 15 feet to pound beaches in some areas, forecasters said.

The hardest-hit beaches were those in the vicinity of Ventura Harbor and in southern Los Angeles County.

“Surf and swell conditions will be hazardous to anyone entering the water” through Sunday, the weather service advisory warned.

A high surf advisory remains in effect through mid-morning Monday for west-facing beaches in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties.

There’s a high risk of rip currents through Monday afternoon for the beaches of southern Santa Barbara, Ventura, Los Angeles, Orange and San Diego counties.

surf-picLOS ANGELES (KTLA) — The unsettled weather is expected to stick around through the weekend, bringing periods of moderate rain as well as big surf at local beaches.

The second in a series of four storms moved over the region Friday morning, bringing drizzle to many areas.

Forecasters warned that the rain would pick up around midday and last through the rest of the day.

Saturday will be even wetter, and Sunday will see the heaviest downpour in the storm series, according to the National Weather Service.

By 8 a.m. Friday, the L.A. Civic Center had recorded .12 of an inch of rain int he past 24 hours, according to the Los Angeles Department of Public Works.

The total in Topanga Canyon was 1.5 inches during the same period, and .67 of an inch was recorded in Malibu.

Along the coast, a high surf advisory is in effect through 1 p.m. on Monday for west-facing beaches in Orange County.

A high surf advisory runs through 10 p.m. Sunday for west-facing beaches in Ventura and Los Angeles counties.

In addition, there is a high risk of rip currents through Friday for the beaches of Ventura, Los Angeles and Orange counties.

Ventura and Los Angeles counties are expected to get waves of six to 12 feet, with local sets up to 15 feet.

The large surf and very strong rip currents will make for dangerous swimming conditions, forecasters warn.

Residents in coastal communities like Seal Beach are bracing for the big waves and high tide, which could cause flooding in streets and houses along the sand.

Seal Beach’s lifeguard department said strong swells are typical at this time of year.

A large sand berm went up in November on the south side of the pier in case of such a scenario. The city also has pumps and sand bags on hand for emergencies.

Last April, an unexpected strong swell flooded the boardwalk after the berm had been taken down.

In 2010, homes in Sunset Beach were filled with water. And back in 2008, streets flooded and Pacific Coast Highway had to be shut down.

After this weekend, high pressure build over the area for the first half of next week, bringing dry conditions and a warming trend.

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