Powerful, windy weather topple trees, trucks across Southern California

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Powerful winds sweeping across Southern California are blamed for toppling trees and blowing at least two tractor-trailers to their side.

The National Weather Service says 20 to 30 mph winds, with gusts up to 54 mph through mountain passes and canyons, were registered across the region on Sunday.

The California Highway Patrol blamed the winds for causing a tractor-trailer to roll onto its side on Interstate 40 in Needles. Another big rig rolled onto its side near Rancho Cucamonga.

The San Bernardino Sun says no major injuries were reported in either accident.

Police in Santa Monica said the winds knocked a pine tree onto three parked cars, destroying two of them, and a tree split apart and fell onto the Zuma Beach access road in Malibu.

The forecast calls for calmer winds on Monday and a warming trend for the rest of the week in Los Angeles. Inland in San Bernardino and Riverside counties, strong winds remain in the forecast Monday.