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Fierce Santa Anas Will Be Blowing Through This Weekend

Windy day in Venice (Photo by Robert Cadena via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr)
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Hold onto your hats! There's a major windstorm heading to the Southland tonight with some pretty gnarly Santa Ana wind gusts of up to 70 mph in the mountainous regions.

The National Weather Service (NWS) said that these areas will also be affected by the fierce winds: San Fernando Valley, coastal beach communities, metropolitan L.A. areas including downtown, and the Hollywood Hills, City News Service reported. The wind gusts will be the strongest in these areas on Saturday from 3 a.m. to 3 p.m., potentially hitting speeds of 40 to 50 mph.

We should expect gusts of 60 mph to 70 mph in the Los Angeles and Ventura County mountains, and the western part of the San Fernando Valley could be looking at wind gusts going at 40 to 50 mph, according to KPCC.

The worst of it is expected to be over around 10 p.m. on Saturday, but it may still be windy through Sunday.

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NWS is warning that as a result of the strong winds, there could be downed trees in the mountain areas and downed power lines in the valleys. They also advised folks to be prepared for the Santa Ana winds. "Home and business owners should be prepared to secure all loose outdoor furniture in advance of the onset of strong winds," NWS said.

After the windstorm is over, we might be seeing some rain trickle into SoCal on Monday and Tuesday, according to the L.A. Times.