Fierce Santa Ana winds struck West Hollywood overnight, uprooting trees and knocking electricity out.
"Extremely large tree, uprooted on Rugby Drive behind the 24 Hour Fitness in West Hollywood last night, fell on two autos," said West Hollywood Patch reader Roslyn Lothridge in an email. "As of 7:56 a.m., tree has not been removed. I live on Rugby Drive."
As of 8 a.m. Thursday, locals reported the traffic signal was out at the La Cienega and Beverly boulevards intersection, creating a four-way stop. On the other side of town, a fallen palm tree was blocking all westbound lanes on Sunset Boulevard at Formosa Avenue.
"Traffic is a mess everywhere, in Hollywood and around Sunset/Fountain and La Brea up towards 101 -- trees down, signals out," WehoDaily tweeted at 8:09 a.m.
About 1,100 customers in West Los Angeles reported power blackouts, City News Service reported. According to Southern California Edison, 14,000 people were without power due to wind-related outages as of 9 p.m. Wednesday. Homes lost power in Laurel Canyon.
A large eucalyptus tree fell at 7:41 p.m. Wednesday on a power line and crushed a car at the North Beverly Drive home of Grey's Anatomy star Eric Dane, just north of Beverly Hills, said Brian Humphrey of the Los Angeles Fire Department.
The neighborhoods experiencing the most extensive impacts were Playa del
Rey, Del Rey, Westchester, Venice, Hollywood, Beverly Grove, Van Nuys and
Encino, said Los Angeles Department of Water and Power spokeswoman Maychelle Yee.
A high wind warning is in effect until Friday afternoon across most of the Southland. In West Hollywood Thursday, gusts are expected to reach around 40 mph, possibly as high as 60 mph; a high temperature of about 70 was forecast.