Wind Storm Cripples Los Angeles

“A powerful wind storm with gale-force gusts left much of the Los Angeles area strewn with toppled trees and downed power lines on Thursday, slowing rush-hour traffic and knocking out electricity to over 300,000 customers,” Reuters reports. “Public schools in Pasadena and 11 other districts in San Gabriel Valley, northeast of Los Angeles, were closed for the day.” Winds gusted to speeds ranging from 40 to 60 miles per hour and higher. A 2006 global warming study predicted that Santa Ana winds like these would become more likely in the November-December period.

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