Gusty Santa Ana winds whip through SoCal, toppling trees

Powerful Santa Ana winds buffeted the Southland overnight Friday and into Saturday morning, knocking down several trees.

Officials cautioned drivers to watch for fallen trees with wind gusts of up to 45 miles per hour Saturday in some areas.

"Winds this strong may down trees and power lines, leading to property damage," warned an NWS statement. "The threat of downed trees will increase due to recent rains and moist soils. Strong winds can make driving difficult, especially for high-profile vehicles."

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