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Strong winds leave thousands powerless in LA area

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- More than 2,000 customers in Los Angeles and nearly 2,000 more in eastern LA County are without power as strong winds sweep across Southern California, causing downed trees and power lines.

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power said crews were working Tuesday night to restore electricity to 2,300 customers, most of them in South Los Angeles with some 600 in the San Fernando Valley.

Southern California Edison says 1,795 customers are without power in West Covina 18 miles east of downtown Los Angeles.

The utility says winds pushed trees into power equipment in Inglewood and knocked out power for 610 customers.

The National Weather Service says wind gusted above 50 mph in Southern California's mountain passes, and reached 45 mph in Beverly Hills and Malibu.

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