Lights out again for SoCal residents?

Palm fronds in Los Feliz

Tony Pierce / KPCC

Palm tree fronds litter a street in Los Feliz in the wake of strong winds two weeks ago. High winds returned today.

Southland residents may be facing cold showers and take-out dinners again, as high speed winds return and threaten electricity. With gusting winds reaching speeds of up to 80 miles per hour, there have already been over 3,000 reported power outages this morning, according to a SoCal Edison spokeswoman.

Vanessa McGrady of Edison said that most of these weather-related outages are in the San Gabriel Valley.

It was only two weeks ago that Southern California was hit with over a week of strong winds that toppled trees, destroyed houses and created a wake of massive debris. Hundreds of thousands faced power outages and dropping winter temperatures as the Department of Water and Power and SoCal Edison struggled to restore electricity to the masses.

Then came the frustrated and outraged residents. One Pasadena man was so upset that he threatened to injure city employees and showed up at City Hall causing a "ruckus."

To top off the week of environmental calamity and tests of human patience, there came red flag fire warnings preparing Southern California for the possibility of wildfires.

Is the cycle starting all over again?

Santa Ana winds raking desert, mountain, valley and coastal areas kicked up before dawn today with gusts ranging from 35 mph at Leo Carrillo State Beach, 36 mph in Ventura, 38 mph in the Malibu Hills, 70 mph in Acton and 78 mph at fire Camp 9 in the Angeles National Forest.

A high wind warning went into effect at 3 a.m. in the Santa Clarita Valley and the Los Angeles County portions of the San Gabriel and Santa Monica mountains.

A less serious wind advisory was in force in the San Fernando Valley and along the Orange County coast and was scheduled to go into effect at 7 a.m. in Los Angeles County's coastal zone, which stretches from Malibu to the Hollywood Hills and takes in metropolitan Los Angeles, including the downtown area.

The National Weather Service says the wind will subside Saturday afternoon.

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