Windstorm Persists in Southland


LOS ANGELES (CNS) - More powerful winds tore across the Southland today on the second day of a windstorm.

A high wind warning will remain in effect until 3 p.m. in the San Gabriel Mountains and the Santa Monica Mountains Recreational area. North winds of 25 to 35 miles per hour accompanied by 60-mph gusts are being recorded in both areas.

“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,” the National Weather Service warned, as it did Wednesday. “Damaging winds could blow down large objects such as trees and power lines. Power outages are possible. Travel could be difficult, especially for high profile vehicles.”

A less serious wind advisory was in effect until 3 p.m. in the San Fernando Valley, where north winds of 15 to 25 mph were reported, along with 45-mph gusts.

Sunny skies were forecast in L.A. County today, along with highs of 60 degrees on Mount Wilson; 64 in Palmdale; 65 in Lancaster; 68 in Avalon; 71 in Saugus; 73 in Long Beach; 74 in San Gabriel and at LAX; 75 in Burbank and Pasadena; 76 in Downtown L.A; and 77 in Woodland Hills.

Temperatures will climb several degrees Friday, reaching 80 in Pasadena and Woodland Hills.

Sunny skies were also forecast in Orange County, along with highs of 56 on Santiago Peak; 66 on Ortega Highway at 2,600 feet; 67 in San Clemente; 68 in Laguna Beach; 70 in Newport Beach; 71 in Fremont Canyon; 73 in Mission Viejo; 74 in Trabuco Canyon and Yorba Linda; 75 in Fullerton; and 76 in Anaheim and Irvine. Mission Viejo, Anaheim, Irvine and Fullerton are all forecast to reach the low 80s Friday.

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