The Latest: Power being restored after Los Angeles windstorm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on a damaging Southern California windstorm (all times local):
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power says power has been restored to about half of the 42,000 customers who were blacked out by a windstorm that swept Southern California overnight.
The utility says as of late morning Wednesday crews have restored service to more than 20,000 customers.
The DWP says progress is being made but there’s still much work to do.
Customers have been advised that some outages could last up to 24 hours.
The winds, which also toppled trees onto cars and buildings, have been decreasing.
Crews are repairing power lines and clearing toppled trees after a night of strong winds across Southern California.
The National Weather Service says wind speeds have dropped off early Wednesday along most of the coast and valleys but warning-level gusts will persist in many mountain locations.
In Palm Springs, authorities have called off an evacuation triggered Tuesday as winds spread a brush fire north of downtown.
The Desert Sun reports the blaze was contained at 40 acres.
Another round of winds is expected to develop Thursday night.