More Santa Ana Winds Returning to Southland

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LOS ANGELES (CNS) - After a brief respite, more Santa Ana winds will buffet the Southland tonight into Friday, with forecasters again warning of possibly hazardous driving conditions and the potential for downed tree limbs and blowing debris.  

A wind advisory will be in effect from 7 p.m. today through 4 p.m. Friday for the Los Angeles County Mountains, Santa Clarita and San Fernando valleys, the Santa Monica Mountains and the coastal area including downtown.  

``The strongest winds are expected to occur Thursday night into early Friday afternoon, when gusts up to 55 mph are possible in the mountains and higher valley locations and 30-50 mph elsewhere,'' according to the National Weather Service.  

In Orange County, a wind advisory will be in effect from 7 p.m. today until 10 p.m. Friday for inland areas and the Santa Ana Mountains and foothills. Forecasters said the areas could see winds of 15 mph to 25 mph, with gusts of 45 to 55 mph.  

``Gusty winds could blow around unsecured objects,'' according to the NWS. ``Tree limbs could be blown down and a few power outages may result.''  

Forecasters urged motorists in all advisory areas to use extra caution when driving, ``especially if operating a high-profile vehicle.''

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