It's Windy Today! Hold On To Your Hats (And Patio Furniture)
Gusty winds swept across Southern California this morning.
Across the region, winds were blowing up to 50 mph, with gusts up to 70 mph, though they were expected to gradually taper off, according to the National Weather Service. Isolated gusts of up to 90 mph in the hills around the I-5 corridor are also expected.
Meteorologist David Sweet warned drivers to be careful, since these strong winds can make you lose control of your vehicle.
He also advised homeowners to be mindful about the items they're leaving outside.
“As a matter of fact, I heard potted plants being blown off balconies last night and crashing, so any potted plants, any loose items should be brought indoors,” Sweet said.
And whenever we get high winds like this, you can count on reports of downed trees and problems with the power grid. The Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens said it closed today because it lost power.
Mayor Eric Garcetti noted on Twitter that 50 crews were working to restore electricity in neighborhoods where the wind knocked down power lines.
Slightly calmer Santa Anas are expected tomorrow, and temperatures are expected to remain cool Monday and Tuesday, with a slow warm-up later in the week.
The gusty north winds will transition to a Santa Ana wind event impacting mainly Los Angeles and Ventura Counties through Wednesday. Expect gusts to 55 mph over the mountains and 45 mph over the valleys. Downed tree limbs and power lines are possible! #SoCal #CAwx #LAwind pic.twitter.com/LdvyGVlSdh— NWS Los Angeles (@NWSLosAngeles) February 4, 2020