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Lights out around SoCal after wild and stormy weekend

Severe Rain Storms Continue To Threaten The Los Angeles Area

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As another Monday repents for its wild and stormy weekend, thousands of blacked-out Southern California homes are left wondering what happened to their electricity.

The weekend storm -- that knocked down power lines, patted the mountains with snow, and turned traffic into a multi-lane Slip 'n Slide -- darkened 21,000 homes at its peak.

Downtown Los Angeles splashed through an inch of rain during the weekend downpour, and two to three inches were recorded in Santa Monica Mountains and coastal Malibu.

Southern California Edison reports approximately 2,000 homes are still powerless Monday morning. More than 4,000 San Diego customers lost electricity before Monday 1 a.m. but have since seen the utility restored.

As the storm blows out of town today, another inch or two of snow could be recorded in the mountains.

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A gust of wind, a dog barks, cue the truck: High winds tip big rig and down power lines in SoCal

blowing in the wind

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From the mountains to the coastlines, Santa Ana winds have prompted High Wind Warnings across Southern California until 2:00 p.m. on Friday.

Already, winds have cause traffic accidents, freeway congestion and downed utility lines. Above Point Mugu an 83 mph gust was reported Friday morning at Ventura County's Laguna Peak, the National Weather Service said.

On the roads, a tractor-trailer rig was flipped onto its side blocking two lanes of the westbound I-210 freeway below the Cajon Pass, a California Department of Transportation spokeswoman said. 

In Fontana, where 50 mph winds were registered, utility lines came down over the westbound I-10 freeway and were reportedly scraping the tops of trucks.

Winds are expected to lose their oomph in Los Angeles and Ventura County by Friday afternoon.

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Rain with a chance of more rain on Tuesday

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Rain, says the National Weather Service, is expected in these parts. Like so many of us, the sky will probably start crying after 4:00 a.m. on Tuesday. 

A storm system off the coast will be moving east through the region with the high Tuesday expected to reach 62 degrees, with wind between 5 and 10 mph. The chance of precipitation is 90 percent and showers will probably call it quits before 10:00 p.m., notes NWS.

A hazardous weather outlook and special weather statement were issued Monday in advance of the non-sunny stint

Strong winds ahead of a cold front may gust more than 60 mph through mountains near San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties. Additional coastal water wind warnings were also issued.

Light to moderate mountain snow above 6000 feet elevations is possible in Los Angeles and Ventura counties, and a period of three to eight hours of moderate rain is expected.

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Not the day to play with matches: Santa Ana winds close school, create fire weather danger

Uprooted tree near Griffith Park

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A large tree near Los Feliz Blvd. was uprooted by strong winds near Griffith Park last year.

Santa Ana winds, true to Steely Dan prediction, are here again. A significant and dangerous wind event with conditions conducive to rapid fire growth, is expected across Ventura and Los Angeles from Friday to Saturday afternoon.

Gusty winds will increase throughout the morning, with the strongest blows expected to reach 60-70 mph across the mountain regions, the National Weather Service warns. In valley and coastal areas, north to northeast winds and gusts should reach about 35-55 mph.

Potential hazards include the usual suspects: downed trees, destroyed power lines, and dangerous cross-winds for high vehicles.

Additionally, the extremely dry air (with relative humidity dropping into the single digits and teens) combined with the strong offshore winds, will produce critical fire weather conditions across a majority of Los Angeles and Ventura counties.

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