Winds lash West Coast

Monday, December 5, 2011 - 12:21pm

The furious wind storm that blew through the West Coast has finally calmed down, but not before leaving behind serious damage that's still affecting thousands of people.

Thousands are still without power, and many streets, schools and businesses remain closed in Southern California.

The storm was the worst in at least a decade according to the National Weather Service, which reported hurricane-grade gusts of 97 miles an hour blasting through the Los Angeles area at the height of the storm.

A dozen homes have been red-tagged in Pasadena, millions of dollars of property destroyed and Griffith Park, home to the Hollywood sign, shut down.

The same storm slammed New Mexico, and in Northern California blew down chunks of the Bay Area.

Friday brought calm, but temporarily.

Forecasters predict another fierce wind storm to sweep through Southern California this weekend.

The coming wind storm is expected to be a bit calmer, with maximum speeds of 40 to 50 miles an hour.

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