Santa Ana Winds to Return to Southern California Friday

December 15, 2011

A “classic Santa Ana wind event is taking shape for Southern California” on Friday, the National Weather Service was reporting on Thursday afternoon.

The strong winds may not reach the epic proportions of winds that slammed into Southern California last week and caused damage to residential and commercial properties, as well as prolonged power outages, but NWS was warning the winds could still do some damage.

“This has the potential to be a moderate to strong windstorm event,” according to NWS

Winds will peak on both Friday morning and Saturday morning, according to the weather service.

“There is the potential for damaging wind gusts of 60 mph or more through favored mountain passes and below passes and canyons of the Santa Clarita valley with this even,” NWS stated.

For Los Angeles strong northerly winds were expected to develop over portions of Ventura and Los Angeles counties Thursday night and persist through much of the day on Friday, then increase again Friday night and turn more northeasterly and persist through Saturday morning, NWS stated.

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