1st Santa Ana wind event of the season brings gusts to Southern CA


The first Santa Ana wind event of the season brought gusts to parts of Southern California on Monday, but forecasters said it would be quick and weak.

The combination of warm and dry offshore winds and low relative humidity levels was expected to result in elevated or briefly critical fire weather conditions, the National Weather Service said.

Chances of the conditions leading to red flag warnings were just 20% to 30%, forecasters said.

LOS ANGELES BEACHES CLOSED DUE TO SEWAGE SPILL

Southern California Edison said nearly 38,000 customers in four counties were under consideration for public safety power shutoffs, which are intended to prevent the electrical power system from being a fire ignition source during winds.

Winds were expected to be weaker Monday night and Tuesday morning, followed by a return of onshore flow and cooler conditions on Wednesday.

Wind gusts in Southern California on Monday were caused by the first Santa Ana wind event of the season. Public safety power shutoffs have been considered.

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