Santa Ana Winds
One of California’s largest utilities has agreed to pay a $24.5 million penalty for safety violations uncovered after a 2011 windstorm left more than 400,000 customers without lights and a power-line failure electrocuted three family members, state regulators announced Thursday.
A wildfire that forced hundreds of residents out of their homes late last week was 78 percent contained on Sunday, authorities said.
Fire and weather officials are urging Southern Californians to heed high fire and wind warnings over the next three days after a third year of especially dry conditions.
Southern Californians should keep that beach umbrella handy and hold off on buying new snow skis — at least through the end of 2013.
Strong and possibly damaging Santa Ana winds continue to plague Southern California with gusts of up to 80 miles per hour expected in some mountain areas.
A wildfire in the heavily vegetated Santa Ana River bottom has been held to 311 acres, despite gusty Santa Ana winds, extremely dry conditions and temperatures in the 80s.
A Red Flag warning was in effect Monday indicating high fire danger across the region.
A spring storm that battered Northern California Saturday continues to move south, dumping snow in the mountains above Los Angeles and bringing big waves to beaches.
Powerful Santa Ana winds have died down across Southern California, and forecasters say a new weather system from the west could bring some relief from bone-dry conditions.
Red Flag warnings set to expire at midnight in Los Angeles and Orange County have been extended to 9 a.m. and noon, respectively.Additionally, a warning for Riverside County has also been extended to noon Sunday.
Gusty Santa Ana winds are expected across Southern California, along with warm temperatures, dry air and the potential for wildfires.
Southern California is enduring another day of strong, gusty and possibly damaging winds.
Power remained out for some 77,000 Southern California Edison customers Saturday, and SCE warned that some of those people may face extended waits for electric service repairs.
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said Thursday it will take days to clean up after what he called a “once in a generation” wind event, and he urged residents to stay indoors and brace for another night of strong winds.
Fierce Santa Ana winds hit Southern California on Wednesday night, causing scattered power outages and property damage.