High Winds Sweeping Through Region Topple Trees, Take Out Power Lines

High winds took a toll on across Southern California on Monday, taking down trees and knocking out power lines.

In San Diego, a tree fell onto a vacation rental home in the early morning hours and killed a couple sleeping inside. KTLA sister station KSWB in San Diego reported that the couple was visiting from North Dakota.

Utility crews were still working to restore power in Yorba Linda around 6 p.m. after a tree fell in the neighborhood near Grandview Avenue and Montecito Drive.

The tree fell around 1 p.m., stretching all the way across a roadway and taking down power lines. A homeowner said the tree came within a foot of hitting her house.

Neighbors said they could hear the crackle of the live wires after the lines came down and started a small fire, leaving a burnt imprint in the grass where the lines laid.

KTLA meteorologist Vera Jimenez determined the wind gusts in Yorba Linda only reached about 20-25 mph. Neighbors surmised the heavy rains recently may have loosened the ground.

With a wind advisory coming at midnight and more high winds on the way, neighbors are concerned.

"There's another tree that if that falls, then that's probably gonna take out my roof. So we're kind of concerned about it, and we're hoping that maybe the city will take another look at the trees and maybe the possibility of removing them," resident Nancy Ishida said.

Elsewhere in Orange County, powerful gusts toppled large trees in Brea and Fullerton.

The winds also swept Los Angeles County, and massive trees fell in Valley Glen, Westwood and La Mirada.

In Los Feliz, neighbors of a residence on the 1600 block of Talmadge Street reported hearing a loud boom when a tree came crashing down onto a home around 3:10 p.m.

That tree also clipped an apartment building next door and partially landed on a car parked outside the complex.

In San Bernardino County, gusts reached 97 mph on desert slopes in the Burns Canyon area, while speeds up to 74 mph were recorded near Whitewater in Riverside County, according to the National Weather Service.

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