Photos: The Destruction Caused By The Gusty Santa Ana Winds
Last night's gusty Santa Ana winds had an appetite for destruction, leaving some in Los Angeles County with fallen trees on their cars and homes, and others without power after a transformer exploded.
The National Weather Service reported gusts of 51 mph at Whitaker Peak in the San Gabriels, 38 mph at Poppy Park in the Antelope Valley, and 36 mph in the Santa Clarita and San Fernando valleys, according to City News Service.
Early this morning, a tree fell onto the roof of a family's home located in the16000 block of Dearborn Street in North Hills, a community in the San Fernando Valley. There were no reported injuries. "It just ripped us out of our dream," resident Jenny Caceres told NBC Los Angeles.
Over in South L.A., a tree toppled on several cars and on a garage near S. Broadway and W. 46th Street, ABC 7 reports. In West L.A., a tree uprooted and fell onto two cars near W. Pico Boulevard and S. Sherbourne Drive. Another crushed other cars in Los Feliz.
And then there were all the power outages. The winds blew out a transformer in East Hollywood at Clinton Street and N. Vermont Avenue, leaving more than 100 customers without power around 1:30 a.m., NBC Los Angeles reports. According to CBS Los Angeles, Southern California Edison reported 2,640 customers didn't have power in Culver City, Huntington Park, Hawthorne and Rancho Palos Verdes. The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power reported 6,800 customers without power in Hollywood, Brentwood and Harvard Park.
In the midst of the Santa Ana winds, a fire also broke out around 2 a.m. today near Potrero Canyon Road and Highway 126 in the Santa Clarita area, according to the L.A. Times. In that area, gusts were up to 42 mph, and the Los Angeles County Fire Department said their crews managed to stop the 9-acre blaze from spreading into Ventura County.
The National Weather Service issued a fire danger warning in Southern California, saying that the Santa Ana winds combined with the dry weather could briefly increase the risk, KTLA reports.
The wind advisory for this morning ended at 9 a.m., but will resume Thursday evening with the "first significant Santa Ana wind event of the season," according to National Weather Service. Forecasters say we can expect 60-mph gusts in the mountainous areas, including the San Gabriels, and that the wind advisory will continue until Friday morning. As for areas like the valley, coastal cities and the Hollywood Hills, expect winds at 20 to 30 mph with 40 to 50 mph gusts.