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High winds die down as power is restored to most customers

April 09, 2013|By Joseph Serna
  • A woman tries to keep her balance amid gusty winds and blowing sand while waiting for her ride after arriving in Palm Springs by bus.
A woman tries to keep her balance amid gusty winds and blowing sand while… (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles…)

For Southern California, the worst of the wind is over for now, an official with the National Weather Service said Tuesday morning.

A day after winds of up to 45 mph blasted through the region, Southern Californians will feel relatively mild gusts of 15 to 20 mph Tuesday and Wednesday, said meteorologist Kathy Hoxsie.

Thousands of utility customers lost power across Southern California on Monday. The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power reported 13,000 customers without power and Southern California Edison reported 1,800 outages. Power has been restored for all LADWP customers, a company spokeswoman said Tuesday.

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About 1,000 Edison customers remained without power Tuesday morning, the bulk of them in Riverside County, a company spokesman said.

High temperatures will be in the 70s for the next two days with only a mild version of Santa Ana winds expected to come in overnight, mostly near Malibu with gusts of up to 30 mph.

“For some people, they’ll say Wednesday is worse,” she said. “But overall for the region, Monday was the worst of it.”

In Ventura County, where firefighters have been battling a 170-acre blaze since Monday, winds will also start cooperating with emergency responders, Hoxsie said.

Firefighters there may see some gusts up to 25 mph, but that’s nothing compared to the winds that pushed the brush fire toward neighborhoods and burned two homes, a county fire official told the Times.

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