Gusty SoCal Winds Topple Trees, Knock Out Power to Thousands; Wind Warnings in Effect

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Powerful winds stoked a house fire, toppled trees and knocked out power to thousands of Los Angeles County residents overnight as forecasters warned gusts would continue Friday.

Wild winds caused havoc across Los Angeles and fueled a blaze that erupted just after 2:30 a.m. inside a converted garage in Exposition Park. More than 90 firefighters tackled the wind-driven fire as flames spread to a neighboring home, causing significant damage.

According to the National Weather Service, winds ranged from 15 to 55 mph throughout Los Angeles County overnight. The strongest wind gust was measured at 71 mph at Whitaker Peak at an elevation of 4,120 feet, the weather service said.

Gusts reached 51 mph at the Palmdale Regional Airport; 49 mph in Santa Monica; 43 mph in Beverly Hills; 40 mph in Inglewood and 35 mph in downtown Los Angeles and Echo Park.

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