The usually sublime Los Angeles weather had a very untimely lump of coal to deliver to some angelenos on Christmas morning.
Information from Los Angeles Department of Water and Power indicated that about 11,500 customers suffered outages caused by high winds, with reports spread out over Westwood, Northridge, Hollywood, downtown and Century City. Additional damage was also caused as winds gusted up to 40 mph throughout the area.
Per the L.A. Times:
“Thousands of residents across Los Angeles County woke up Christmas morning without power after unusually high winds tore apart trees, blew away holiday decorations and prompted the California Highway Patrol to issue an advisory to freeway drivers.”
By 9:45am on Thursday there was still some 6,700 customers without power, with repair crews expected to get most of the power restored by mid-to-late afternoon, DWP officials said.
A National Weather Service spokesman told the Times that high wind advisories, with potential gusts up to 65 mph, will stay in effect until Thursday at noon.
Hopefully all affected will get their Christmas back on track as soon as possible.
Stay safe out there!