Santa Ana wind gusts blast through west coast

POSTED: Thursday, December 1, 2011 - 4:34pm

UPDATED: Thursday, December 1, 2011 - 6:28pm

Wednesday night, the Santa Ana winds blasted through southern California with hurricane force winds blowing down trees and power lines; daylight revealed a trail of debris everywhere.

The National Weather Service recorded wind gusts up to 97 mph in Los Angeles County.

It was enough to blow a giant tree down onto the pumps at a Pasadena gas station, and send another tree crashing through a San Marino home.

At one point, the hurricane force winds left some 300,000 Los Angeles area residents without power, including Los Angeles International Airport, which was dark for about an hour.

At least 20 flights were diverted to nearby Ontario Airport due to dangerous crosswinds.

In Utah, it was much the same scene - wind gusts up to 102 mph were recorded. The high winds toppled 10 big rigs on Interstate 15.

The high wind warnings and wind advisories remain in effect for parts of California, Utah, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico and Wyoming. Those warnings are expected to continue until Friday.
Stephanie stanton, nbc news, los angeles.

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