Western Winds Wreak Havoc

Thursday, December 1, 2011 - 3:29pm

Winds topple trees, delay flights and knock out power to thousands.

The Santa Ana winds blasted through Southern California with hurricane force winds overnight, blowing down trees and power lines.

First light revealed a trail of debris everywhere.

"It looked like a tornado had hit, literally," said Pasadena resident Debra Gainey.

The National Weather Service recorded wind gusts up to 97 miles an hour in Los Angeles County.

It was enough to blow a giant tree down onto the pumps at a Pasadena gas station and send another tree crashing through a San Marino home.

At one point the hurricane-force winds left some 300,000 Los Angeles area residents without power.

Los Angeles International Airport was dark for about an hour.

At least 20 flights were diverted to nearby Ontario Airport due to dangerous crosswinds.

In Utah it was much the same scene.

Wind gusts up to 102 miles an hour were recorded.

The high winds toppled ten big rigs on Interstate 15.

High wind warnings and wind advisories remain in effect for parts of California, Utah, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico and Wyoming.

The National Weather Service says Red Flag warnings will remain in effect for parts of Southern California through Friday, so fire danger will be high.

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