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Drivers in Southern California warned of strong winds, flying debris

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Drivers in Southern California were warned to watch out for flying debris, downed power lines and fallen trees as strong Santa Ana winds — some gusting to 70 mph — rushed through mountain passes and canyons in Los Angeles County.

The warning covers the Los Angeles County Coast, including downtown L.A. and the coastal areas of Ventura County, and will remain in effect through Thursday afternoon, Weather.com reported.

Residents were warned that loose soil, caused by saturation from recent rains, could result in trees toppling over in the high winds.

The Weather Service recorded gusts Wednesday morning of 70 mph in the San Gabriel mountains and in the high 60s elsewhere, NBCLosAngeles.com reported.

Santa Ana winds are strong and often destructive. They come out of the desert area east of the mountains and create perilously dry conditions. 

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