Strong Winds Topple Trees, Cause Power Outage in Southern California

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Beverly Hills Fire Department personel work to lift a tree off a car on March 24, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

Strong winds whipped across Southern California on Tuesday night, toppling trees — including one that fell onto a moving car — and causing widespread power outages.

Gusts reached 31 mph in the Topanga Hills and 85 mph at Whitaker Peak, and the high winds are expected to continued until noon Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service.

The strong gusts pushed over a massive pine tree onto a Mercedes Benz traveling about 8:30 p.m. on Lexington Road in Beverly Hills. The driver was taken to an area hospital to be treated for his injuries.

Winds also wreaked havoc in West Hollywood, Beverly Crest and the San Fernando Valley after power was knocked out for thousands of residents.

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