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Gusty L.A. winds uproot trees, down power lines; warmer days ahead

Adam Gutierrez, with the L.A. Department of Urban Forestry, assesses a downed pine tree that fell around midnight in a Reseda neighborhood because of high winds.
(Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)

Gusty winds that caused minor damage across the Southland overnight are expected to continue Thursday with the potential to hit 50 mph in some areas.

Strong winds felled trees and downed power lines overnight Wednesday, leaving some 2,000 people in the San Fernando Valley without electricity, KTLA reported.

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In Reseda, strong gusts uprooted a large pine tree, which partially crushed a parked car when it fell. No injuries were reported.

The National Weather Service issued a wind advisory for mountain areas extending from Santa Barbara to the Santa Clarita and San Fernando valleys, and over to the Hollywood Hills and on to Malibu. The strongest winds were expected across the Santa Monica Mountains and parts of the valleys surrounding the Los Angeles.

Forecasters warned of unexpected crosswinds that could make driving hazardous for high-profile vehicles. The winds will likely die down by Thursday afternoon, the weather service said.

The offshore winds will bring a slight warming trend for the rest of the week, with temperatures in the mid-70s at the beaches and lower 80s inland. That will change over the weekend, as winds shift and push daytime temperatures back down into the mid-60s to lower 70s under mostly clear skies, according to the weather service.

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jason.wells@latimes.com

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