Gusty Winds Trigger Power Outages and Downed Trees

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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.

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