The winds in Los Angeles are fierce. Traveling over the enormous Mohave desert, these winds gather speed and blow through the mountains and passes of local LA neighborhoods. Coined the “Santa Ana” winds, they down power lines, exacerbate brush fires, and, generally, make a nuisance for hay fever sufferers everywhere.
Power was being restored Sunday to tens of thousands of people who lost electricity in Southern California after fierce Santa Ana winds gusting as much as 89 mph toppled trees and power poles.
Witnesses are describing a harrowing rescue of a man trapped inside his minivan after it plowed into a pole Thursday night and became draped in live power lines.
Power was restored to homes in Silver Lake Thursday nearly three hours after a massive eucalyptus tree fell onto a street.
LAWDP says that 1,100 customers are without power Sunday evening in Chatworth.
Officials reopened both directions of the Pacific Coast Highway near Sunset Boulevard Tuesday after downed power lines forced the street closure in the area.
Orange County sheriff’s Lt. John Roche said the power lines were down in Via Canon, just south of the Camino Las Ramblas exit from the 5 Freeway, at 10:15 p.m. Saturday.
A 49-year-old man was crushed to death Saturday by a fallen tree in East L.A.
The wild weather sweeping into the Southland this week downed power lines in Sunland, leaving hundreds of residents without electricity.
A mudslide knocked down a large tree and power lines in the Hollywood Hills on Saturday evening.
A motorist had to be rescued in Arleta Sunday following a crash that downed power lines across four lanes.
One person was injured Monday after a power lines fell down in Chatsworth.
Arcing power lines sparked a rash of small fires that resulted in slight exterior damage to a home in northern Tustin.
The California Public Utilities Commission has reached a proposed $37 million settlement with Southern California Edison over fallen power lines blamed for starting the October 2007 Malibu Canyon Fire.
Wild winds are expected to whip around the Southland for the next several days.