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Red Flag Warning In Effect For Much Of Southern California Due To Howling Winds, Dry Conditions

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Southern California was bedeviled Tuesday with both dry, howling winds and light rain and snow showers.

Gusts of up to 77 mph were recorded in the hills above Santa Clarita, while similarly strong winds whipped about all the way down to the Ventura County coast. High wind warnings are in place for the San Fernando and Santa Clarita valleys in Los Angeles County, and the Ventura County valleys and coasts, through at least 4 a.m. Wednesday.

An Air Quality Warning was also issued for Ventura County due to wind blowing up dust.

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Because of bone dry conditions, power outages are already in effect in several Southern California Edison coverage areas because of the high risk of wildfire.

Parking in the narrow canyon areas of Los Angeles are also under Red Flag restriction, which allows the city to remove illegally parked vehicles within "Very High Fire Hazard Severity Zones." The Red Flag restriction is in effect until at least 8 a.m. Wednesday.

Strong winds, with gusts of up to 80 mph, are expected to continue into Wednesday night for the Inland Empire and the Orange County coast.

According to the National Weather Service, the gusty winds forecast for Tuesday are capable of taking down trees and power lines. Trees have already been reported down in Simi Valley and Santa Clarita.

Meanwhile, elevations of about 5,500 feet are seeing light rain and snow showers.

The windy conditions have also prompted high surf advisories for Los Angeles and Ventura counties through 10 p.m. Tuesday. Large breaking waves of 6 to 9 feet with dangerous rip currents are forecast for west-facing beaches.

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