Powerful winds topple trees in SoCal amid a red flag warning

Powerful and noxious winds swept through southern California Thursday, tumbling trees and pairing with arid conditions to create dangerous fire weather.

The strongest winds were expected on Thanksgiving morning.

KTLA received images of fallen trees in several cities including the San Fernando Valley, North Hollywood, Santa Ana, and Ontario.

At around 1:30 a.m. in North Hollywood, a large tree fell on a house on the 11200 block of Califa Street.

Just half an hour earlier, also in North Hollywood, a fallen tree on Haynes Street and Irvine Avenue had crushed a white pickup truck and limousine. No casualties were reported in either of the incidents.

A high wind warning was in effect due to noxious winds in the San Fernando Valley and on the Los Angeles County’s coastline – primarily via the Malibu Corridor.

Strong gusts of wind in excess of 70 miles per hour swept through some mountain and valley areas in the LA and Ventura counties overnight and early morning, according to the weather service.

The winds are strong enough to bring down power lines, which can fall and start fires. Because of this, Edison began shutting down tens of thousands of customers in Southern California.

Most Los Angeles and Ventura counties also had a red flag warning Wednesday through Friday evening, according to the National Weather Service.

Motorists have been warned to prepare for fallen trees and power lines in the carriageway.


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