The Santa Ana winds are being especially generous this holiday season

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This may sound familiar: Powerful and possibly damaging winds are expected in Southern California. Brace yourself; the National Weather Service predicts that Santa Ana gusts will hit early Thursday morning, continuing through Friday.

Sustained northeastern winds will blow at 30 to 40 mph, with gusts reaching 65 mph. Strongest drafts will blow through Ventura and Los Angeles County Mountains, and the Santa Clarita Valley. Trees and power lines may be toppled.

The weather service adds that sustained winds of at least 40 mph or gusts of 58 mph or more can lead to property damage.

The Associated Press reports that the winds will make travel hazardous for big-rigs and high-profile vehicles, such as motor homes. The winds and low humidity will also increase the danger of wildfires.

At the beginning of December, the most powerful Santa Ana wind occurrence ripped through Southern California, causing wide spread power outages and hundreds of downed trees. On Dec. 15, another high wind warning was issued, as L.A. County residents continued tending to previous wind damages.

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With contributions by The Associated Press

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