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Santa Ana winds: Power restored for Pepperdine, other Malibu residents

The Santa Ana winds, which blow through in the fall, bring high fire danger because their powerful gusts can whip flames into infernos.
The Santa Ana winds, which blow through in the fall, bring high fire danger because their powerful gusts can whip flames into infernos.
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Updated 2:38 p.m.: Power restored for many in Malibu

Santa Ana winds battered Malibu on Friday, knocking out power for some residents, forcing Pepperdine University to close its campus and temporarily causing some traffic signals to go dark.

Several thousand were without power late Friday morning, according to Southern California Edison's outage map. But by mid-afternoon, the map showed power had been restored for all but a few customers.

Pepperdine said Southern California Edison had restored power to its campus. The university had earlier canceled all classes for the day, saying it was unclear when power might be up again.

The city of Malibu released a statement shortly before 2 p.m. noting that all traffic signals had been restored. 

— KPCC staff

Updated 12:38 p.m.: Pepperdine cancels classes after wind knocks out power

Strong Santa Ana winds have led to downed power lines and outages in Malibu and elsewhere in Los Angeles County.

Pepperdine University announced it had canceled classes for the rest of the day after the entire campus lost power.

Southern California Edison lists a number of wind-related outages in the area that are affecting more than 3,600 customers.

Crews were evaluating the issues to determine when they might be able to restore power. Some areas could see power come back between 2 p.m. and p.m.

— KPCC staff

10:53 a.m.: Gusty Santa Ana winds blow in Southern California

The first Santa Ana winds of the season are blowing across much of Southern California.

The National Weather Service reports winds have ranged as high as 63 mph in the mountains of Los Angeles County early Friday.

Red flag warnings for fire danger are in effect for the mountains and adjacent foothills of Los Angeles and Ventura counties because of the gusts and very low humidity levels.

A wind advisory also covers a wider area, including the passes and canyons of Riverside and San Bernardino counties as well as Orange County.

The Santa Ana is expected to slowly weaken in the afternoon and into Saturday, but conditions will remain warm and dry.

— Associated Press

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