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Wind Wreaks Havoc Across Los Angeles

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Gusty winds—some as strong as 60 miles per hour—blew across Southern California late Thursday night and on into Friday morning. Trees toppled, power went out, and fires raged as the city descended into mass chaos. Aren't you glad you're fleeing to Coachella today? Oh, wait.

Tens of thousands of LADWP customers are in the dark after winds knocked out power lines across the region, with CBS Los Angeles reporting that the hardest hit neighborhood is Northridge, with 32,000 customers without power.

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Trees also came down across the Greater Los Angeles Area. KNBC reports that Inglewood, West Hollywood, Northridge, University Park, and Arlington Heights all have toppling trees that have taken down walls, power lines, and crushed cars. Thankfully, no injuries have been reported by the winds, yet.

The dry conditions are also working in tandem with the gusts to spark blazes. A 15-acre brushfire has broken out near Santa Clarita, and firefighters battled a blaze that burned an empty home in Granada Hills:

The National Weather Service says gusts up to 80 miles per hour may be expected in the mountains, and a high wind warning remains in effect until noon.

Stay safe out there, kids. Avoid falling palm fronds and have fun at Coachella: