An offshore gusts of wind that was expected to hit Southern California on Thanksgiving turned out to be more powerful than anticipated, with Santa Ana winds pummeling the region and thousands without power.
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(CBSLA) – LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – Santa Ana winds swept parts of the Southland Wednesday night and into Thanksgiving morning, knocking out power to hundreds and causing people to hustle to modify their holiday plans, as well as downing trees and creating conditions conducive to wildfires.
On Nov. 25, 2021, high winds toppled a tree onto a residence in North Hollywood, California. (CBSLA)
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Southern California Edison enacted Public Safety Power Shutoffs, limiting energy to thousands of customers, to lessen the chance of wind-damaged electrical power lines sparking a wildfire.
SCE customers in the Southland were without power as of 11:30 a.m. Thursday. Riverside County had 20,322 people, Los Angeles County had 15,556, Ventura County had 14,987, San Bernardino County had 8,843, and Orange County had 4,127.
A total of 156,484 SCE customers are at danger of losing power.
Strong winds toppled a huge tree onto a residence in North Hollywood at Fair Avenue and Califa Street just before 1 a.m. Thursday. The tree had made its way into the living room and kitchen. It also slammed through a neighbor’s driveway fence. There were no injuries.
“We were watching TV when we heard an explosion from his power line… “I heard the tree, it seemed like it was coming over, and then I heard a loud bang and a boom,” a neighbor of the home that was destroyed stated.
A tree fell across a power line at Kanan Dume Road and the Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu early Thursday morning, causing the closure of one lane of the PCH as technicians arrived and repaired it.
The combination of strong Santa Ana winds and unusually low humidity has caused a red flag warning for parts of Los Angeles and Ventura counties, as well as inland Orange County and the Inland Empire, until 6 p.m. Friday.
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“Remain cautious, everyone; the winds are going to be with us for a long.” As gusts gusted around him, Orange County Fire Authority PIO Sean Doran advised reporters, “Be attentive, be on watch, and contact 911 if you see or smell a fire.”
Many fire departments, notably the Los Angeles County Fire Department, have strike squads ready to go if a fire breaks out.
In the L.A. County Mountains, Santa Monica Mountains Recreational Region, and the Santa Clarita Valley, in the San Fernando Valley, and in the San Gabriel Valley and the coastal area, including downtown Los Angeles, high wind warnings are in effect until 3 p.m. Thursday.
At 1:50 a.m., the National Weather Service recorded wind gusts of 77 miles per hour in Deer Creek Canyon, 76 miles per hour in Boney Mountain, 73 miles per hour in Escondido Canyon, 71 miles per hour in Malibu Hills, and 67 miles per hour in Burbank.
Forecasters predict that humidity levels will drop to as low as 5% by Thursday afternoon, resulting in dry conditions that may drastically increase the risk of deadly wildfires.
According to the NWS, “a significant duration of extremely gusty winds and very low relative humidity will cause red flag conditions for much of Los Angeles and Ventura Counties, mostly Wednesday through Thanksgiving.”
“While the winds will be calmer on Friday, the very low humidity levels, along with sometimes strong northeast winds, will keep these critical conditions in place until Friday afternoon.”
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