HolyCoast: High Winds Lash Southern California

Thursday, December 01, 2011

High Winds Lash Southern California

Been a busy, loud night with very strong winds lashing Southern California and continuing at this hour:
Strong winds continued to buffet Southern California Thursday morning, knocking down trees, sparking fires and leaving tens of thousands of people in the dark.

Forecasters say this could be the strongest offshore wind event we have seen in the past few years.

A high wind warning is in effect for the Los Angeles County coast, including Downtown L.A. until noon on Thursday.

Northeast winds of 25 to 40 mph, with gusts up to 60 mph below passes and canyons, are expected from Malibu to the Hollywood Hills.

The city of Pasadena has been hit particularly hard by the winds. The mayor declared a state of emergency Thursday morning.
I just read on Twitter that Pasadena has closed all their schools, and the fire department was responding to an emergency call every 12 seconds thanks to trees and wires down. We've still got another 24 hours or so of this to go.

We lost power for about 15 minutes this morning about 6:20. Fortunately, ours came back, but many today in the hard hit valleys may not get power back for days.

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