The National Weather Service‘s network of wind gauges spun up to 78 miles per hour overnight, as the National Weather Service warned of possible 90 mile per hour gusts Sunday evening at mountaintops in Orange and San Diego counties.
Winds of 30 to 40 mph, with gusts to 60 mph, were forecast as the Santa Ana winds regrouped Sunday evening, after a slight afternoon lull. San Diego Gas and Electric engineers turned off some back-country circuits in advance of winds, predicted to hit 90 mph in remote locations.
And the late-season Santa Ana marinated the Southland with hot desert winds. Midday temperatures included 88 in Fullerton, 85 in Glendale, and 85 at Leo Carrillo Beach in Malibu.
Record high temperatures for Jan. 28 were Sunday set in Long Beach at 89 and Burbank at 86, both surpassing former records of 88 and 85 in 1976. UCLA reached a record high of 84, a point higher than the previous high of 83 in 1971.
Camarillo and Oxnard at 85 degrees tied records set in 1931; while Lancaster (71) and Santa Maria Airport (84) tied record highs reached in 1986 and 1984, respectively.
A few coastal breezes hit the Santa Monica Bay coast, however. It was 69 degrees at 2 p.m. at Santa Monica.
At 2:13 a.m. Sunday, the winds crossed the threshold into hurricane- force at a ranch near Boney Mountain, above Malibu, when they hit 78 mph.
Some 1,400 customers of Los Angeles Department of Water and Power lost their electricity Sunday and most of those customers were in the Pacoima area, a utility spokesman said.
The outage began sometime Sunday morning and there was no known cause for the brownout, LADWP spokesman Michael Ventre said.
About 1,100 of the customers who lost power were in the Pacoima area and the otheer 300 were spread across the LADWP service area, Ventre said.
Shortly before 7 p.m., Ventre said that all but 174 customers had their power restored.
There was no expected time when the remaining customers would have their electricity restored, Ventre said.
Elsewhere in Los Angeles County, spotty outages affected around 200 customer accounts in the Santa Monica Mountains, according to the Southern California Edison internet-based outage map. Spokeswoman Mary Ann Milbourn attributed those to equipment failures.
Peak wind gust measurements in the San Gabriel Mountains included 70 miles per hour in the foothills above Lake View Terrace, 66 mph at the Chilao ranger station near Mt. Wilson and 40 mph at Sylmar.
In the mountains in the Malibu area, peak gusts included 63 mph at Leo Carrillo Beach.
–City News Service