LOS ANGELES — A windstorm will generate powerful winds across Southern California Wednesday and Thursday, forecasters said.
“Damaging winds will blow down large objects such as trees and power lines. Power outages are expected. Travel will be difficult, especially for high-profile vehicles,” warned a National Weather Service statement.
“People should avoid being outside in forested areas and around trees and branches. If possible, remain in the lower levels of your home during the windstorm and avoid windows. Use caution if you must drive,” it added.
In the San Gabriel Mountains in Los Angeles and Ventura counties, north winds are blowing at 20 to 30 miles per hour, with gusts of 50 miles per hour, the NWS reported, adding that the wind will increase to 25 to 35 mph with 60-mph gusts. A high winds warning will be in effect in those areas until 3 p.m. Thursday.
A high wind warning will also be in effect until 3 p.m. Thursday in the Santa Monica Mountains, where north winds of 25 to 35 mph with gusts of up to 60 mph are reported.
A wind advisory, which is somewhat less serious than a high wind warning, will be in force along the coast and in Los Angeles, until 10 a.m. Thursday, the NWS said. That area runs from Malibu and other beach cities across metropolitan Los Angeles to the Hollywood Hills.
In the Santa Clarita Valley, north winds of 15 to 25 mph are reported, along with 55 mph gusts, and a wind advisory will be in effect until 3 p.m. Thursday. A wind advisory will also be in effect until 3 p.m. Thursday in the San Fernando Valley amid north winds of 15-25 mph and 45 mph gusts.
In Orange County, a wind advisory will be in effect from 4 p.m. Wednesday until 1 p.m. Thursday amid winds of 20-30 mph and 45-mph gusts.
The NWS reported early this morning that powerful gusts had been recorded in the previous 12 hours, including 71 mph at Whitaker Peak in the San Gabriel Mountains, 57 mph at Poppy Park in the Antelope Valley, 50 mph at Porter Ranch in the San Fernando Valley, 46 mph at Newhall Pass in the Santa Clarita Valley, 43 mph at Franklin Canyon along the coast and 39 mph at Saddle Peak in the Santa Monica Mountains.
Temperatures, meanwhile, will remain above average. The NWS forecast sunny skies Wednesday and highs of 55 on Mount Wilson; 62 in Palmdale; 63 in Lancaster; 67 in Santa Clarita and Avalon; 71 in San Pedro; 73 in San Gabriel, Northridge and Burbank; 74 in West Covina, Pasadena, Long Beach, North Hollywood, Van Nuys, Torrance and at LAX; and 75 in Whittier, downtown LA and Woodland Hills.
Sunny skies were also forecast in Orange County, along with highs of 48 on Santiago Peak; 61 on Ortega Highway at 2,600 feet; 67 in Fremont Canyon; 68 in Trabuco Canyon; 72 in Yorba Linda; 73 in Newport Beach and Mission Viejo; 74 in Fullerton, Laguna Beach and San Clemente; and 75 in Santa Ana, Anaheim and Irvine.
Temperatures will increase slightly Thursday, then reach the high 70s in some communities on Friday and the low 80s Saturday.
Source: Orange County Register