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Wind Storm Batters California

The Wind Monster
Weather Observations: California, USA

Jan 06, 2007
A wind storm has left thousands of Los Angeles residents in the dark, as well as increasing the risk of wildfires. The storm also brought dust storms along with it and low visibility and has, so far, been linked to two deaths. The National Weather Service declared a red flag for fire danger. Meteorologists say it's ONE OF THE STRONGEST WIND STORMS IN YEARS. Though they're common this time of year, this one had gusts up to 62 mph and winds more than 80 mph. The wind is also being blamed for downed trees and utility lines.

Observations Elsewhere

WASHINGTON - Heavy rains and strong winds Friday left thousands of people without power in Western Washington.

CANADA - Heavy rain, wild winds hit the British Columbia coast yet again, high winds and very warm temperatures.

Slideshow: Witnesses said a section of roof came loose at a concrete rim on the building and began flapping in the wind. That released the air pressure inside the fabric.
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