- Associated Press - Friday, April 28, 2017

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A huge windstorm is strafing Southern California, knocking over fences, trees and traffic lights and leaving thousands without power.

Utility officials say some 18,000 customers are without electricity in Los Angeles and surrounding areas late Thursday night as huge, whipping gusts hit places like the San Fernando and San Gabriel valleys.

In downtown Los Angeles a traffic-light pole snapped and fell to the ground.

The National Weather Service says winds reached about 40 mph in Los Angeles and are expected to hit 65 in the surrounding mountains.

High winds are expected to stay in the region until Saturday.

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