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Power Outages, Fallen Trees: Windpocalypse 2010

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It can't be "one of the most widespread and strongest wind episodes in recent years" without some fallout--or, more appropriately, some fallen trees and power outages. There is, of course, already the requisite Foursquare Windpocalypse 2010 venue for your check-in entertainment (a moving target, if ever there was one).

Though the heavy winds have a lighter side, the fact remains that there are many people without power in the Los Angeles area, as well as many fallen trees, and the potential for more to come down as the wind continues to whip through the region.

One of the most active members of local leadership using social media to connect with his constituents during this event is City Council President Eric Garcetti, who has posted information about power outages in CD 13 on Facebook. Garcetti says: "Approximately 7398 customers are without power (including my house). The effects of the wind has given rise to DWP being at a Level 2 (a little longer to restore services) however, crews are out there working as expeditiously and safely as possible to restore services." If you experience an outage and are serviced by the LA DWP, call 1-800-DIAL-DWP to report the issue.

When it comes to fallen trees, it's necessary to consider the location and the level of danger the tree poses. If it is not posing a threat to anyone's safety or well-being, the Los Angeles Fire Department is instructing residents to report the tree to City Services via the 3-1-1 system. However, "[i]f a tree fallen by #LAWind is an imminent/escalating danger to life and/or property & we need to respond, by all means call @LAFD via 9-1-1," the agency reminds us via Twitter.