Friday, December 2, 2011

Santa Ana winds: Pasadena on emergency footing as powerful winds whip Southern California

Pasadena, Calif., saw winds that blew over trees like this one on the corner of North San Gabriel Avenue and East Colorado Boulevard, Thursday. Some of the worst winds in years blasted through California overnight, sweeping through canyons, gusting up to 97 mph, and toppling trees and trucks while knocking out power to hundreds of thousands of people. The high Santa Ana winds, which began late Wednesday, have rattled residents and businesses all over the West, from Utah to Southern California. Hundreds of thousands of people are without power, and colleges, schools and at least one movie studio have shut down. While some meteorologists are referring to the storm as an especially severe form of the Santa Ana winds that Southern California experiences at this time of year, others say the storm’s wind patterns are unusual, affecting communities that don’t usually experience such violent weather.


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