Cleanup Underway After Wild Winds, Dust Storms, Outages

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LOS ANGELES (KTLA) — High winds around most of Southern California have died down Tuesday, but not before shutting down a main highway, toppling trees and knocking out power.

A crew in Valley Village used chainsaws Tuesday morning to clear tree branches that disrupted traffic after falling onto the street.

On Monday, a giant dust cloud hovered over Highway 14. The CHP shut down the highway in both directions from Lancaster into Kern County due to low visibility.

The effects of the wind were felt in the San Fernando Valley, too. City crews were out late clearing Riverside Drive in Valley Village, where a tree limb split in half.

In downtown Los Angeles, a tree blew over near City Hall.

And in Los Feliz, on Los Feliz Boulevard, high winds knocked over a tree that blocked two lanes of traffic.

There were also reports of scattered power outages due to the winds.

Southern California Edison is warning its customers to keep their eyes open for downed power lines and report them immediately.

As of Tuesday morning, the LADWP said that all of its customers that were affected by outages had their power back.

Along the coast, the offshore winds have also prompted high surf advisories.

There is also a high risk of rip currents in L.A., Ventura and Orange counties.

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