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High Winds to Return: Clean Out Your Fridge, Stock Up on Flashlight Batteries

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The Southland is due for another round of high winds tonight through Thursday, so you may want to make a feast of your most perishable food items from your fridge tonight and stock up on flashlight batteries in case your power goes out.

The National Weather Service isn't messing around when it comes to cautioning SoCal residents that the winds will be a-blowin', and how. This strong Santa Ana wind event could produce damaging wind gusts in excess of 60 mph across portions of Los Angeles and Ventura Counties.

As a result, we can expect to see trees and power lines go down, and the risk of fire go up. Danger will be increased for drivers of high profile vehicles due to low visibility--near zero--in some areas because of blowing dust and sand. Boaters are also being warned that rough seas are expected in inner waters and in places like Avalon Harbor and the east inlets and harbors of the Channel Islands.

Southern California Edison, who had many customers in the dark for several days following the major wind event that blew through the area earlier this month, is already warning of the possibility their lines may go down, and that outages could occur. Oh, and don't touch a downed line!

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SCE will have outage information available online and on Twitter. So charge up that laptop battery and smart phone so you can check it from within the electricity-free confines of your home.