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Hold on for a Windy Wednesday Before Powerful Gusts Diminish

High winds were expected throughout Southern California Wednesday with strong gusts in the mountains.

Widespread wind advisories are in effect after a day when powerful gusts blasted the region. On Tuesday, a large crane, possibly being used for a movie shoot, fell on a Pasadena house at about 10:30 p.m. in the 3600 block of San Pasqual Avenue, near Rosemead Boulevard.

No significant damage was reported.

Winds will be at their strongest Wednesday morning. Wind advisories are in effect for most of the region until midday.

For the L.A. County mountains, northeast winds of 25 to 40 mph, with gusts up to 60 mph and isolated gusts to 65 mph are possible early in the day. Potentially damaging winds could blow down large objects such as trees and power lines, and that power outages are expected.

In addition, travel will be difficult, especially for high-profile vehicles. The affected area includes Interstate 5 and Highway 14 in Los Angeles County.

Wind advisories were in place till noon for the Santa Monica Mountains Recreational Area; the San Fernando Valley; the LA. County coast, including downtown LA, Malibu, Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, Hollywood, and Long Beach; the Santa Clarita Valley; the Santa Ana mountains and foothills; and Orange County inland areas.

Winds in those areas are expected to range from 20 to 35 mph, with gusts to 50. Isolated gusts to 60 mph were in the forecast above Porter Ranch and Chatsworth, and to 55 mph in the Santa Clarita Valley foothills.

In the San Gabriel Valley, where a wind advisory was in effect until 9 a.m., winds of 20 to 30 mph, with gusts to 45, were expected, with the strongest winds in the foothills.

Several low-pressure systems sweeping across Southern California into Arizona are stirring the offshore winds.

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Source: NBC Los Angeles

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