Much of Los Angeles and Orange counties were under a red-flag warning Tuesday thanks to anticipated gusty winds and low humidity levels raising the possibility of dangerous wildfires.
The red-flag warnings are also in effect in Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obsipo counties, lasting through 10 p.m. Tuesday.
A wind advisory was in effect until noon in Los Angeles County. Gusts were expected to reach 60 mph in the mountains and 55 mph in the Santa Clarita Valley in the morning before weakening into the afternoon.
A tree, described by authorities as up to 100 feet tall, fell over amid high winds shortly before 4 p.m. in the 12000 block of Elkwood Street, near Agnes Avenue in Sun Valley, according to Brian Humphrey of the Los Angeles Fire Department, which could not confirm that wind was the cause.
The tree toppled some wires, but no injuries, fire or structure damage were reported.
Humidity was forecast at 5%-10% Tuesday.
“While winds will weaken late Tuesday through Wednesday, they will remain locally breezy with gusts between 20 and 35 mph in the windier locations especially Tuesday night. Humidities will stay very low through Wednesday, resulting in elevated to near critical conditions,” the National Weather Service said.
“The threat for gusty northeast winds and additional red-flag warnings is decreasing for Thursday through Saturday.
The weather service said no rain is expected for at least the next 10 days.
Southern California Edison shut off electricity for thousands of customers as a precaution against downed power lines sparking a fire. As of 8:40 p.m. Tuesday, 8,286 customers in Los Angeles County and five in Orange County had their power cut.