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Strong overnight winds take out power lines and trees across SoCal

This downed tree was one of several reported across Southern California as strong winds whipped through the region on Thursday, April 12 and overnight into Friday.
This downed tree was one of several reported across Southern California as strong winds whipped through the region on Thursday, April 12 and overnight into Friday.
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Crews across the Southland were busy Friday morning cleaning up the mess left behind from strong winds overnight.

Gusts were so powerful in some areas that they knocked down trees and power lines, leaving thousands without power.

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As of 8:30 a.m. Friday, about 11,500 LADWP customers were still in the dark.

Additionally, several hundred Southern California Edison customers in areas including Whittier, Carson and Santa Clarita were also without power, according to the utility's website.

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Crews were reportedly cleaning up the damage left by downed trees in neighborhoods including Beverly Hills, Chatsworth, Arleta, Long Beach and parts of Orange County.

The wind was also strong enough to damage a private charter company's hangar at the Hollywood Burbank Airport. A section of the roof was ripped off, but no one was hurt. At one point, gusts hit more than 60 miles an hour in that area.

In Anaheim, a tree that stood five stories tall came crashing down just outside Jon Janiec's home.

"It fell down onto a car, a boat and then part of the garage," he said in an interview with our media partner NBC Los Angeles.

"Nature is nature. I didn't expect the wind to come in but it happened and took out a tree but at least no one was hurt."

So, just how strong did the wind get? According to Robbie Munroe, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, one mountainous area near Castaic recorded the worst of it.

"The strongest wind belongs to Whitaker Peak, (a) typical wind magnet above the 1-5 corridor approaching the Grapevine," Munroe said. "We saw wind gusts up to 78 miles per hour there."