(CNS) Gusty Santa Ana winds again battered the Southland today, prompting warnings of property damage and hazardous driving conditions. A wind advisory issued to indicate winds of 35 miles per hour will be in effect until 2 p.m. across much of the region - both the San Gabriel and Santa Monica mountains, the coast, downtown and the rest of metropolitan Los Angeles, the Hollywood Hills and both the Santa Clarita and San Fernando valleys.
In Orange County, the advisory was scheduled to expire at 10 p.m. A more serious high wind warning had been in force in the mountains but was canceled Wednesday night. However, even if marginally less fierce than had been expected, the winds remained a threat for a multitude of communities, according to the National Weather Service.
"Since the ground is saturated from the recent rains and the soils are loosened, residents need to be aware of the possibility of trees being blown down which could cause additional property damage,'' according to an NWS advisory.
In Burbank, a tree fell in the 1100 block of North Reese Place early this morning, knocking down power lines, which caused scattered outages in the area, Burbank police Lt. Eric Deroian said.
Overnight, the NWS recorded wind gusts of between 40 and 51 mph in the Los Angeles County portion of the San Gabriels. In the Malibu Hills, 63-mph gusts were recorded this morning.
Along with their capacity to knock things down, "gusty cross winds can create hazardous driving conditions, especially for high-profile vehicles,'' the NWS advisory noted.
Northeast winds blowing at sustained speeds of between 20 and 30 mph will continue sweeping the mountains today, churning up 50-mph gusts, while north-to-northeast winds of between 15 and 25 mph will blow across the rest of the wind-advisory area, gusting to 35 mph, according to NWS forecasters.
"The strongest winds will be over the Ventura County coastal plain and along the Malibu coast between the county line and Pacific Palisades,'' warned an NWS advisory.
Sunshine will bathe the region today, and temperatures will be just a few degrees warmer than Wednesday, according to the NWS, which forecast highs of 51 in Palmdale and Lancaster; 53 on Mount Wilson; 61 in Saugus; 63 in Avalon; 64 in San Gabriel; 65 in Burbank and at LAX; 66 in Long Beach, Pasadena, Woodland Hills and Newport Beach; and 67 in Anaheim and downtown L.A.
Temperatures will either rise a few degrees or remain the same in the coming days, according to an NWS forecast that envisions no precipitation.
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