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Strong Winds, Gusts Up To 60 MPH To Blow Through Parts Of L.A. County

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Strong winds are expected throughout L.A. County on Thursday.

According to the National Weather Service, the strongest winds are expected to take place in and around the Interstate 5 corridor, with gusts possibly reaching 70 to 80 m.p.h.

In L.A. County, areas around downtown may see winds of 20 to 30 m.p.h., with gusts reaching up to 35 to 45 m.p.h. Residents up in the Hollywood Hills, Malibu, and parts of Santa Monica, will see slightly stronger winds, with gusts possibly going up to 55 m.p.h. Los Angeles and Ventura County mountain areas could see "damaging winds" and gusts going over 60 m.p.h.

According to Robbie Munroe, a meteorologist with the NWS, the strongest winds will take place in the late afternoon, possibly extending into the early morning hours of Friday. There may also be some lingering gusts for Saturday, but these are expected to be milder. Munroe says that the winds, which aren't Santa Ana winds, are caused by a trough of low pressure passing over the Great Basin. This brings winds from the north, which carry cooler temperatures down to the Southland.

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A wind advisory will be in effect from 2 p.m. Thursday until 8 a.m. Friday for much of the county. For the mountain areas, such as the Santa Monicas, and the Antelope Valley, a wind advisory is already in effect, but it will get boosted to a high wind warning that lasts from 2 p.m. Thursday to 8 a.m. Friday.

As the NWS notes, high winds can present a whole set of hazard, such as downed trees and power lines.

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