LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — A red flag warning will be in effect across the Southland through mid-week, the National Weather Service said Monday.

The warning went into effect at 4 a.m. and will last until 6 p.m. Wednesday in the Sant Clarita Valley, the San Gabriel and Santa Monica mountains, the Angeles National Forest in L.A. County, and the Los Padres National Forest in Ventura County.

Winds are expected to range between 15 and 35 mph with gusts reaching 50 mph.

Strong winds brought down a tree which fell onto two cars and a power line in the 18500 block of Napa Street in Northridge.

“It sounded like it was the beginning of an earthquake and then the electricity went out. It was just a huge thud,” Andy Gonzales, whose 1992 Mercedes was destroyed, said.

A fire weather watch will be in effect from late Monday through Wednesday afternoon in the San Fernando Valley, the Los Angeles coastal zone, and the interior and coastal valleys of Ventura County. The L.A. coastal zone encompasses beach cities, metropolitan L.A. — including downtown — and the Hollywood Hills, the NWS said.

Temperatures will also be unseasonably warm with highs reaching 80 degrees in several Southland cities.

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