Strong, gusty winds whipped up dirt, garbage and tumbleweeds in canyons and along passes in Southern California on Thursday, and fanned several small fires in Riverside County.
Northeast winds of 30 m.p.h. to 35 m.p.h. and gusts of up to 75 m.p.h. created a challenge for drivers in Riverside and San Bernardino counties and the northern deserts. Wind speeds were expected to hover around 35 m.p.h. in most areas around Los Angeles through Friday morning, the National Weather Service said.
In Rancho Cucamonga and Chino, telephone poles toppled over, while in the San Fernando Valley community of Chatsworth, an 18-wheeler was blown on its side, clogging traffic for two hours Thursday morning.
About 17,000 Southern California Edison customers lost power during the day. As of 4 p.m., 3,000 were still without service, company spokesman Steve Hansen said. Most of those affected were in the Ontario, Fontana and San Jacinto areas, as well a few in central and northern Orange County, he said.