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High winds topple trees

October 26, 2010|By Jason Wells, jason.wells@latimes.com
(Tim Berger/Staff…)

Strong winds throughout the L.A. region on Monday knocked over trees and caused other damage, with some gusts measured at 41 mph, according to the National Weather Service.

The agency issued a wind advisory that was to be in effect until 3 a.m. Tuesday, but gusty winds were forecast to stay around through Wednesday.

As of Monday afternoon, city officials said no major damage had been reported. But in other areas, the report wasn't so rosy.

A woman suffered a head injury Monday morning when a large eucalyptus tree fell onto a home in Granada Hills, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. A tree also fell in Brentwood.

A week's worth of rain and drizzle had soaked the region's soil, making the wind gusts more effective at pushing trees over, officials said, although no formal cause for the toppled trees was given.

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Gusts of up to 35 mph were forecast through Wednesday, with temperatures in the upper 70s to low 80s for much of the week, according to the National Weather Service. Expect mostly sunny skies until Friday, when a 30% chance of rain returns.

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