Updated 4:30 p.m.: La Cañada Flintridge, still widely without power as of Thursday afternoon, was one of the most wind-whipped areas in the Southland.
Southern California Edison reported Thursday afternoon that 226,053 of its customers were without power, with the hardest-hit areas including San Gabriel, Alhambra, Altadena, Arcadia, El Monte, La Canada, Monrovia and Sierra Madre, according to City News Service. Edison officials noted that the continuing winds were hampering efforts to restore power.
While the National Weather Service significantly downgraded the wind in La Crescenta and other areas - canceling the high wind warning and reducing it to a wind advisory - the warning remained in place for La Cañada. City News reported that affected SoCal Edison customers should be prepared to be without electricity at least until Friday.
Wind gusts are expected to hit 40 mph Thursday night, tapering into a breeze by Friday night, the weather service reported.
Earlier: Did the whirr of chainsaws rouse you from sleep? How about sirens screaming down the street? The thud of a 100-year-old tree crashing into your neighbor's fence? Perhaps the squawks of panicked peafowl?
Emergency officials responded to scores of calls Thursday as residents dealt with the cleanup from a windstorm that the National Weather Service says is not over. Gusts in the mountains are expected to reach upward of 60 mph.
Schools were closed in La Cañada, with much of the city suffering a power outage. Outages were spotty in La Crescenta, with traffic lights working west of Ramsdell Avenue, but all lights east to La Cañada High School were dark.
Gas station pumps were shut down and ATM machines along Foothill Boulevard were not working.
West Coast Arborists chainsawed gargantuan trunks into tree chunks, and Southern California Edison workers could be seen all around town, repairing downed power lines. The reported the Pasadena animal shelter activated its emergency services for animals affected by the wind damage. The story noted that animal control workers have received calls about injured birds and peacocks falling out of trees.
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