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UPDATE: High wind warning issued for Santa Clarita Valley

Sagging power lines in Castaic reported by CHP

Posted: December 18, 2012 11:03 a.m.
Updated: December 18, 2012 7:26 p.m.

It was a blustery day in the Santa Clarita Valley Tuesday and weather specialists were calling for a blustery night to follow.

Constant winds between 25 and 45 miles per hour swept through the Santa Clarita Valley all day Tuesday with gusts recorded at 51 mph in Saugus and 52 mph “up in the foothills,” said Todd Hall, meteorologist with the National Weather Service office based in Oxnard.

Winds reaching the same intensity were expected to continue throughout at the night Tuesday, peaking at about midnight, he said.

They should diminish throughout the day Wednesday.

“We’re going to continue to see strong winds throughout the night, shifting to northeast winds by daybreak,” Hall said.

“They should be much, much weaker on Wednesday,” he said.

Deputies of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station received no reports of wind-related damage, said a sergeant at the station.

The National Weather Service issued a wind advisory for the Santa Clarita Valley Tuesday afternoon and night. It was due to expire Wednesday afternoon.

The California Highway Patrol, however, issued its own wind warning Tuesday morning for an area north of Lake Hughes Road near Templin Highway.

The only local problem suspected of being the result of high winds was one incident of downed utility wires north of Castaic.

A section of Lake Hughes Road was closed to traffic after utility wires were reported to be draped low across lanes, said CHP Sgt. John Lutz Tuesday morning.

Shortly before 9:30 a.m., CHP officers responded to Lake Hughes Road north of Castaic Reservoir Road for lines reportedly two to three feet above the ground, he confirmed.

Responding officers called on Caltrans to close the road near mile marker 13.12.



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