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Strong, gusty winds sweep across Southern California; another heat-up forming

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LOS ANGELES — Gusty winds sweeping through parts of Southern California have toppled some trees and caused power outages in a prelude to another round of unseasonably warm weather.

The National Weather Service says the winds arrived Tuesday night with surprising strength, gusting to 83 mph at Whitaker Peak in northern Los Angeles County, and bringing a phenomenon called a mountain wave that broke over the Beverly Hills area.

City News Service says power outages hit 2,900 utility customers in the Beverly Hills and West Hollywood areas.

Forecasters say winds will continue through the week, transitioning from north to northeast — the offshore Santa Ana flow that will push daily highs into the 80s and even 90s through Friday.

It's the latest round of summerlike heat as winter turned to spring this month.

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