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UPDATE: Winds continue to topple trees in SCV

Posted: April 30, 2014 6:22 p.m.
Updated: April 30, 2014 6:22 p.m.

A tree blew down on a car today at Lyons Avenue and Wayman Street in Newhall. Photo courtesy city of Santa Clarita.

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Winds continued to buffet the Santa Clarita Valley throughout the day Wednesday, leading to a second straight day of uprooted trees and downed limbs, Santa Clarita city officials said.

The city’s Urban Forestry Division responded to around 30 wind-related tree issues throughout the day Wednesday, mainly on the east side of the city where winds were strong throughout the day, according to city officials.

Some of those trees and tree limbs came down in roadways and on sidewalks, including on Poppy Meadow Street, near the intersection of Sand Canyon Road and Alamo Canyon Road, on Alicante Drive and on Begonias Lane in Canyon Country.

Those were all cleared as of Wednesday afternoon.    

Clearing downed trees and limbs kept city crews busy into late Wednesday afternoon, even as the roaring winds began to die down.

The high wind warning that had been in effect for the Santa Clarita Valley was due to be canceled Wednesday afternoon, but National Weather Service forecasters extended it until 3 p.m. Thursday, warning of power outages and toppled trees, as well as danger to drivers of high-profile vehicles.

By Thursday morning, winds are expected to be a sustained 25 to 35 mph, with gusts up to 60 mph, according to the National Weather Service.

Residents in the Santa Clarita Valley were encouraged to secure outdoor furniture and monitor the latest forecasts to be prepared for the potentially damaging winds.

A red flag warning for high fire danger remained in effect until 8 p.m. Thursday.

High temperatures are forecast for the Santa Clarita Valley for the next few days, with highs in the 90s on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, according to the National Weather Service.

Temperatures are expected to tail off by Sunday, according to forecasts.


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