The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power was working to restore electricity to more than 21,000 customers Friday after winds with gusts up to 35 mph raked the area. Photo via OnScene.TV.
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power was working to restore electricity to more than 21,000 customers Friday after winds with gusts up to 35 mph raked the area. Photo via OnScene.TV.

Some 23,000 Southland customers — households and businesses — remained without power Friday after strong winds caused poles and power lines to topple.

The outages included just under 20,000 customers of the Los Angeles Department of Water and power, according to the DWP. The utility asked customers to be patient as crews worked “around the clock” to restore power taken out by those major winds.

Southern California Edison was reporting more than 1,800 customers without power in East Los Angeles and a little more than 1,100 customers without power in Compton. Power was expected to be restored to those areas this later Friday.

Winds with gusts of up to 60 mph were blamed for felling several trees and branches, which, in turn, took down power lines. In Downtown Los Angeles, gusts took down a traffic light pole, snapping it at its base, at the southwest corner of Main and First streets.

The National Weather Service said the high winds wracking Southern California this week are the result of weak frontal systems passing north of the region.

Gusty north winds may persist in some areas of the Southland through Friday evening, possibly giving way to moderate northeast Santa Ana winds Saturday, according to the NWS.

A high wind warning, which reflects damaging winds or gusts of at least 58 miles per hour, was in force until 9 a.m. in the San Gabriel Mountains in Los Angeles and Ventura counties. It was immediately replaced by a wind advisory — denoting an expectation of 35-mph winds or gusts — which will be in force until 2 p.m. Saturday.

Expected through mid-morning were northerly winds of between 20 and 30 miles per hour with gusts of 40-50 mph, the statement said, adding the strongest winds would blow through the Interstate 5 Corridor and over the highest peaks. Friday evening, with the advent of warm Santa Ana winds, the wind in the mountains will increase again to 25-35 mph with 55-mph gusts.

A high wind warning will be in force in interior Orange County from 10 Friday evening until 2 p.m. Saturday. While the warning is in effect, the area will be buffeted by winds of between

A wind advisory indicating winds or gusts of at least 35 mph was scheduled until 9 a.m. Friday in the San Fernando Valley and the Santa Monica Mountains Recreational Area and was extended until 2 p.m. Saturday, with 20-30- mph winds accompanied by gusts of 40-50 mph expected in both areas. The winds will be strongest near the L.A.-Ventura county line and Ventura County’s Lake Casitas area, the statement said.

A wind advisory, indicating winds or gusts of at least 35 mph, was in effect until 9 a.m. in the Antelope Valley, where winds of 20-35 mph were reported, along with gusts of 35 mph. The strongest winds will lash the northwest sections of the Antelope Valley, the statement said, adding that motorists should be wary of blowing sand and dust, which could reduce visibility to a quarter-mile or less.

In the Santa Clarita Valley, winds of 20 to 30 mph with 50-mph gusts are expected through Friday afternoon and possibly into Saturday as the winds turn to the northeast. A wind advisory was scheduled in the Santa Clarita Valley until 3 p.m. but was extended Friday morning until 2 p.m. Saturday.

The NWS said Friday’s winds would make driving conditions challenging on Interstate 5, the Antelope Valley (14) Freeway and Pearblossom (SR 138) Highway.

Temperatures, meanwhile, were expected to be mostly in the 70s and 80s Friday, reaching 89 degrees Fahrenheit in Woodland Hills.

The NWS forecast sunny skies Friday and highs of  74 degrees Fahrenheit on Mount Wilson and in Avalon; 75 in Lancaster; 76 in Palmdale; 77 at LAX; 80 in Saugus; 82 in Long Beach and Downtown L.A.; 83 in San Gabriel and Burbank; 84 in Pasadena; and 88 in Woodland Hills,

Sunny skies were also forecast in Orange County, along with highs of 70 in Laguna Beach; 71 in Newport Beach and San Clemente; 80 in Mission Viejo; 81 in Irvine; 83 in Anaheim; 84 in Yorba Linda; and 85 in Fullerton.

Temperatures will climb by up to 7 degrees Saturday, then begin a slow descent.

—City News Service

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