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Gale Force Winds Strike SoCal, Break Things

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The day started off like most have recently. Sunny, bright, a light breeze and a quick pop of the daily antihistamine pill for those of us with (infernal) seasonal allergies. The day progressed, seemingly standard, until clouds started billowing up above the San Gabriels throughout the afternoon. By 5 p.m., in downtown Los Angeles, the light zephyr had transformed into a gale. The palm trees universally waved to the south. The dust from the construction site blinded those foolish enough to walk by.

In Valencia, a 30-foot long sidewalk canopy broke free from its moorings, reported the Santa Clarita Signal. Temporarily airborne through the aid of 50 miles per hour winds, the canopy crashed down upon a pair of cars causing minor damage. A security tape from Big John's Performance Tire captured the affair, and a KABC social media intern got creative with the captioning:

A giant chicken bucket came crashing down in Long Beach, though the carnage failed to discourage at least one person from driving through to get some of the Colonel's finest:

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Strong winds knock down KFC sign in Long Beach

— ABC7 Eyewitness News (@ABC7) April 26, 2016

Rain and hail accompanied the wind out in the Valley, reminding everyone in the vicinity that it can all change in an instant:

And a quick survey of the power-outage maps from LADWP and Southern California Edison reveals about 2,000 people across the southland are without power Tuesday morning from weather-related issues.

Yesterday's weird weather was caused by a fast-moving low-pressure system moving south across L.A. County. While winds across the county were consistently high throughout the day, Los Angeles itself wasn't hit hard until just before sunset. At around 8 p.m., sustained winds in Beverly Hills reached 43 miles per hour, while the rest of the L.A. basin felt winds closer to 35, according to the National Weather Service. Winds were stronger in the Santa Clarita Valley, and reached a sustained 70 miles per hour in some parts.

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