Still Clearing Downed Trees and Power Lines, SoCal Braces for 2nd Day of Gusty Winds

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Southern California residents still cleaning up from Monday’s damaging Santa Ana winds can expect another blustery day Tuesday.

Wind advisories are in place for much of the Southland, including downtown Los Angeles, Malibu, Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, Hollywood and Long Beach until 3 p.m. due to 25 mph winds with gusts up to 40 mph, according to the National Weather Service.

Some Los Angeles County coastal and valley areas have been dealing with wind gusts up to 55 mph.

Wind advisories will remain in place until 10 p.m. for Ventura, Oxnard and Camarillo, where wind speeds are expected to continue around 30 mph Tuesday. Gusts up to 50 mph are predicted.

Powerful overnight winds already knocked over trees and power lines in the Santa Clarita Valley.

Crews were out in force picking up branches from a tree that fell along Sand Canyon Road overnight and took a power line down with it.

San Bernardino, Riverside, Orange and San Diego counties are also under wind advisories until 10 p.m. Winds between 20 and 30 mph with gusts up to 55 mph are in the forecast.

Mountain and foothill areas around the region can see gusts up to 70 mph, according to the Weather Service.

Drivers were warned of gusty winds creating dangerous conditions on local freeways.

On the 15 Freeway in Fontana, more than a dozen big rigs pulled over after one fell onto its side amid the powerful winds.

"The driver says he was trying to get off the freeway and just couldn’t get there quick enough," said Jay Strawderman,  a tow truck operator who responded to the scene.

The driver appeared to be OK, and no other injuries were reported.

Forecasters are calling for the windy weather to taper off Tuesday night.

Temperatures around the Southland have also been below average. A cold weather alert was even issued at one point.

The recent run of chilly days hasn't bothered everyone. “It’s not as cold as some of those other states … It’s just cold enough to feel like it’s the holiday season. I absolutely love it,” one resident said.

Forecasters are calling for a chance of rain early next week.

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